Abu Dhabi, UAEThursday 25 April 2019

Jordan Peele's 'Us' reported to have made $6million on opening night

It's the highly anticipated follow up to 2017's Oscar-winning Get Out

Evan Alex, Lupita Nyong'o and Shahadi Wright Joseph in a scene from "Us," written, produced and directed by Jordan Peele. (Claudette Barius/Universal Pictures via AP)
Evan Alex, Lupita Nyong'o and Shahadi Wright Joseph in a scene from "Us," written, produced and directed by Jordan Peele. (Claudette Barius/Universal Pictures via AP)

Jordan Peele’s highly anticipated horror film Us was released in cinemas across the world yesterday, and is reportedly on track for a $50-million opening weekend.

Early reports suggest that during its first night the movie took more than $6million in the USA, beating the preview nights of smash-hit horrors The Nun and A Quiet Place.

Us is the follow-up to 2017’s Get Out, the film which won the Oscar for Best Original Screenplay in 2018, as saw Peele nominated for his directorial debut.

Director Jordan Peele, (L) and actors Lupita Nyong'o (C) and Winston Duke attend the 'Us' premiere at The Museum of Modern Art in New York City, New York, U.S., March 19, 2019. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz
Director Jordan Peele, (L) and actors Lupita Nyong'o (C) and Winston Duke attend the 'Us' premiere at The Museum of Modern Art in New York City. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz

Deadline Hollywood reports that Us is set to smash the $1.8million Get Out made on its opening evening, and already has a rating of 95 per cent on Rotten Tomatoes.

Us tells the story of Adelaide Wilson (Lupita Nyong'o), a woman with a dark past, and her family, who take a summer trip to her old home.

Soon enough, each family member is brought face to face with their own evil doppelganger; they're exactly the same in every way, except for the fact that they're wearing red jumpsuits and wielding sharp scissors, which they fully intend to use against their human counterparts.

It's said to be scarier than Get Out, with plenty more jumpy moments and the same level of social commentary. This time Peele seems to be asking his audience to reflect on how we're always wary of "the other", while really we should be looking inwards.

You can read our full review of Us here.

The film was released on March 21 and is currently showing at cinemas across the UAE.

Updated: March 22, 2019 10:41 AM

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