LOS ANGELES TIMES/TNS
Two years after the runaway success of “Get Out” turned Jordan Peele into one of the hottest writer-directors in the entertainment business, Hollywood is seeing double.
Peele’s follow-up effort, “Us,” about a family terrorized by freaky doppelgangers, is poised to become another box office hit for the Oscar-winning filmmaker.
The highly anticipated “Us” is expected to gross $35 million to $45 million in ticket sales in the U.S. and Canada Friday through Sunday, according to people who’ve read prerelease audience surveys.
A debut in that range would exceed the $33-million launch of “Get Out” in February 2017, and could be enough to unseat Walt Disney Co.’s blockbuster “Captain Marvel” from its perch at No. 1 on the domestic charts.
Normally, inviting comparisons to a film like “Get Out” would be a movie’s worst nightmare. That earlier film became a cultural and commercial sensation by combining Peele’s humor and love of horror cinema to tap into American racial tensions.
It grossed $255 million worldwide, scored a best picture Oscar nomination and introduced “the sunken place” into the lexicon (Peele won the Oscar for original screenplay).
“Get Out” producers Jason Blum and Sean McKittrick rejoined Peele to produce “Us,” which stars Lupita Nyong’o as a woman who returns to her beachside childhood home with her husband played by Winston Duke (“Black Panther”).