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Us has largest weekend debut for horror film

Talk about scary good.

Us, the second directorial effort from Jordan Peele, pulled off a stunning debut, generating US$70 million (S$95 million) at the North American box office. That haul is enough to land it the second best opening weekend of the year behind Captain Marvel.

The psychological thriller about a family (led by Lupita Nyong'o) confronted by a band of doppelgangers nearly doubled projections, which estimated a three-day total in the US$38 million to US$45 million range.

Produced for US$20 million, Us now has the largest weekend for an original horror movie, surpassing A Quiet Place, as well as the biggest launch for an original R-rated film behind Ted.

It also shattered the benchmark set by Peele's directorial debut Get Out, which opened with US$33 million in 2017.

Captain Marvel continues to do some marvellous business of its own during the superhero blockbuster's third weekend of release, adding another US$35 million, taking its domestic tally past US$320 million. - REUTERS

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