While No one should be surprised Jordan Peele’s follow-up to Get Out, Us, topped the box office this weekend, I doubt anyone saw foresaw the massive box office it would bring in. This is definitely a huge shot in the arm to a 2019 film season that has struggled mightily so far.
Box Office #1: US
The new release Us led the weekend box office with a whopping $70 million! This intake puts the movie in some very nice company. Us is the second largest opening ever for a live-action, original picture. The last film to rake in more cash was in 2009 with Avatar. It is the third largest opening for an R-rated film. This also doubled up Peele’s previous film which was a massive hit, but only to the tune of $33 million.
#2 Captain Marvel
After smashing the box office with it’s debut, we have Captain Marvel in second place with a respectable drop of 48.5%. Captain Marvel brought in a very nice, $35 million. Currently, Captain Marvel sits as the tenth largest Marvel movie and approaching the top 20 among all comic book movies.
#3: Wonder Park
In third place is the kid’s film Wonder Park. It’s $9 million draw was a 43% drop in its second week. This by itself is no surprise, but how little it affected the #5 slot is a bit surprising.
#4: Five Feet Apart
Also in its sophomore week, Five Feet Apart fell just 33% for a box office of 48.75 million. This remains a nice counter programming choice with what is leading the box office, so it should hold steady for a couple more weeks.
Box Office #5: How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World
Besides US‘s colossal box office, this is perhaps the biggest surprise of the week. HtTYD in its 5th week remains strong. Dropping only 29%, Dragon brought in another $6.5 million. Despite a smaller than hoped for opening, this film is really showing some legs. In its five weeks it has managed $145.7 million domestically. While it may not catch its predecessor, HtTYD2, it is gaining a more modest profit than what it looked like it might.
This next weekend we have an eclectic couple of movies hitting the screens. First up we get the comedy The Beach Bum starring Matthew McConaughey, Snoop Dog, Zac Efron and more.
We also have Disney’s latest live action remake – Dumbo. Can Tim Burton redeem his recent run of failures? Can Tim Burton make a movie without Johnny Depp? We shall see.