Saturday, June 15, 2024

UPDATE: Jordan Peele’s Social Satire Horror Film “Us” Lands a Staggering $70.3Mil Weekend as Director Becomes Master of His Domain


Jordan Peele scored a bunch of firsts in the last couple of years. Now his “Us” makes a little history.

With a whopping  $70.3  million weekend, “Us” turns Peele into a directing phenom far beyond his success with “Get Out” two years ago. He’s become a master of social satire, delivering it in the horror genre. It takes a couple of views to get everything he’s delivered in both movies.

On top of that, “Us” makes history as a standalone horror film bonanza at the box office. “Halloween,” which made $76 million last October, had a $40 million build up. “Us” is not a sequel to “Get Out.” It’s a sequel to Jordan Peele’s accumulated good will among film fans. That’s quite an achievement.


Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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