The 2017 adaptation of Stephen King’s It enjoyed a $123.4 million opening weekend in U.S. theatre, the 2018 sequel to the ’70s horror classic, grabbed $76.2 million.
Those two movies account for the horror genre’s best and second-best domestic opening weekends, respectively, in Hollywood history. Us, which released on Friday, March 22, earned an estimated $70.3 million.
Us is also notably on track to record the second-biggest opening weekend of 2019. Only Captain Marvel is ahead of it, with a $153.4 million opening weekend.
Us is likely to slide down this particular chart as new Avengers and Star Wars movies surface in 2019, not to mention Disney’s busy slate of live-action remakes (Aladdin, Dumbo, and The Lion King will all be out before 2020).
Us follows the story of Adelaide Wilson (Lupita Nyongo) as she returns to the beachfront home where she grew up as a child. Haunted by a traumatic experience from the past, Adelaide grows increasingly concerned that something bad is going to happen. Her worst fears soon become a reality when four masked strangers descend upon the house, forcing the Wilsons into a fight for survival. When the masks come off, the family is horrified to learn that each attacker takes the appearance of one of them.
By Damilola Faustino