Cashing in on the must-see buzz since it opened at SXSW, Jordan Peele's "Us" had a smashing $70 million debut weekend. That's the largest opening for an original horror movie, surpassing 2018's "A Quiet Place," which opened with $50 million.

That's also more than double the initial haul of Peele's first movie, "Get Out," which took in $33 million its first weekend in 2017.  It's also the second-biggest debut of 2019 so far, behind "Captain Marvel" ($153 million).

Overseas, "Us" racked up $16.7 million from 47 countries for a global total of $86.95 million. In the U.S., it boasted a hefty $18,778 per-screen average.

The film, which stars Lupita Nyong'o and Winston Duke as a couple dealing with deadly doppelgangers, currently has a 94% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Audiences were slightly less impressed, giving it a "B" CinemaScore; Peele's "Get Out" earned an "A-" CinemaScore.


In its third weekend, "Captain Marvel" added another $35 million, bringing its domestic haul to over $320 million. It's now passed $900 million in ticket sales worldwide.

Per Variety, it now ranks as the 10th-biggest comic-book release of all time, surpassing the lifetime box office of such heavy-hitters as "Thor: Ragnarok" ($854 million), "Venom" ($855 million), and "Spider-Man: Homecoming" ($880 million).


After expanding by 600 theaters, indie "Gloria Bell" landed in 7th place with $1.8 million in its third weekend. The film stars Oscar winner Julianne Moore as a free-spirited divorcée.

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In limited release,  "Hotel Mumbai," which dramatizes the 2008 terrorist attacks at the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel in India, pulled in $89,492 from four theaters in New York and Los Angeles. That averages out to $21,623 per venue, the best per-screen numbers of the weekend. The film, which stars Dev Patel and Armie Hammer, was pulled from theaters in New Zealand following the deadly Christchurch shooting.

Here are the top 10 estimates for March 22-24, 2019

1 . "Us," $70,250,000
2. "Captain Marvel," $35,021,000
3. "Wonder Park," $9,000,000
4. "Five Feet Apart," $8,750,000
5. "How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World," $6,533,000
6. "Tyler Perry's A Madea Family Funeral," $4,500,000
7. "Gloria Bell," $1,802,500
8. "No Manches Frida 2,” $1,780,000
9 . "The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part," $1,125,000
10. "Alita: Battle Angel," $1,015,000

[Via Variety]