Culture | , , | March 27, 2019

 

The highly anticipated horror movie Us, directed by Jordan Peele came out over the weekend in the U.S., Germany and Brazil and already absolutely killing it (like Lupita Nyong’o’s doppelgänger family).

 

The film debuted with $70 million in the U.S. box office, already holding the record for ‘second biggest opening for an original live – action’, after Avatar (2009) – no doubt it’ll actually be more memorable and culturally impactful, though. Us also has other record breaking feats under its belt, including ‘biggest opening for an original horror movie’ and ‘biggest opening for an R rated movie’.

 

 

Peele’s directorial debut Get Out earned $255 million USD, and won the 2018 Oscar for ‘Best Original Screenplay’, one of four Academy nominations. The racially charged movie was a game changer for horror, and Peele proved himself to have way more talents than just really good Obama impressions.

 

 

Us follows Adelaide Wilson (Lupita Nyong’o) returning to the beachfront home, with her husband (Black Panther’s Winston Duke) where she grew up as a child. Four masked strangers come to the house, forcing the Wilsons into a fight for survival. When the masks come off, the family is horrified to learn that each attacker takes the appearance of one of them.

 

According to Universal Picture’s distribution chief Jim Orr, “It’s amazing. The film absolutely blew by the most robust of forecasts and I think that’s all to do with the great appeal of Jordan Peele.”

 

 

With only two films under his name, Jordan Peele is already one of the biggest filmmakers in Hollywood right now. He’s come a long way since his MAD TV days.

 

Us opens in Australian cinemas this Thursday March 28, safe to say we’re booking our tickets asap.

 

 

2019 is looking to be a great year for movies, with Quentin Tarantino’s upcoming film starring Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio dropping later this year.

 

 

Featured image via Twitter @variety.