WEB DESK: Two years after the filmmaker’s Get Out became a box-office sensation, his frightening follow-up, Us, debuted with $70.3 million in ticket sales, according to studio estimates Sunday.
The opening, well above forecasts, had few parallels. It was the largest debut for an original horror film (only the It remake and last year’s Halloween have surpassed it in the genre) and one of the highest openings for a live-action original film since Avatar was released 10 years ago.
In today’s franchise-driven movie world, seldom has a young director been such a draw. But moviegoers turned out in droves to see what kind of freak-out Peele could muster in his sophomore release.