Us Is Set to Turn the Weekend Competition Into a Box Office Blood Bath


For the past couple of weeks, it’s been Captain Marvel‘s time to shine at the box office. In its second frame, the latest entry in the Marvel Cinematic Universe pulled in a very impressive $67.9 million last weekend. While the comic book adaptation will do quite well in its third weekend, it will be Jordan Peele’s Us that takes home the box office crown as the highly-anticipated horror movie looks to have a huge debut.

Us has been earning rave reviews (for the most part) ever since its debut at SXSW. Up until very recently, it was sitting at a perfect 100 percent approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes. This serves as Jordan Peele’s sophomore directorial effort and his follow-up to the acclaimed, Oscar-winning Get Out. As such, expectation and anticipation is very high. That will drive it to an opening weekend box office between $38 and $45 million. Though, some analysts believe it can cross the $50 million mark, which would be truly huge.

Get Out, for the sake of comparison, opened with $33 million in 2017. It went on to gross $255 million worldwide, working from a budget of less than $5 million. Us comes with a larger price tag, around $20 million. Even so, a start of $40 million or more would ensure that this one will be a major hit for Universal. The key will be whether or not audiences respond as well as critics have so far, or if there will be a noticeable gap between more casual moviegoers and the critical community. That could hurt its long-term earning potential.

Related: Jordan Peele’s Us Scores Perfect 100% Fresh Rotten Tomatoes Score

Meanwhile, Captain Marvel, which stars Brie Larson as the titular hero, should see between $30 and $40 million in its third weekend, depending on how steep the drop off is. As of this writing, it’s already earned $797 million worldwide, well on its way to crossing the $1 billion mark. This bodes very well for Avengers: Endgame next month, which will prominently feature Larson’s Carol Danvers, alongside the rest of the Marvel heroes who were decimated by Thanos’ finger snap.

Wonder Park ($8 to $10 million), Five Feet Apart ($6 to $8 million) and How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World ($5 to $6 million) should round out the top five. Looking ahead to next weekend, Disney has Tim Burton’s live-action Dumbo on the way, which should put the Mouse House on top once again. Check out our full list of weekend box office predictions below and check back with us on Sunday for the weekend estimates. These numbers were provided by Box Office Mojo.

1 Us
2 Captain Marvel
3 Wonder Park
4 Five Feet Apart
5 How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World
6 Tyler Perry’s a Madea Family Funeral
7 Gloria Bell
8 No Manches Frida 2
9 Captive State
10 The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part
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