Us Has a Terrifying Debut
The trailer for Jordan Peele's second feature film, Us, got fans very excited when it was released on Christmas Day 2018, and big reactions at the premiere earlier this month (March 8) only fuelled the fire. The weekend was up 15.3 percent from past year, according to Comscore. Us will also have the biggest debut weekend for a R-Rated movie, displacing 2012's Ted which grossed $54.4 million. After a sluggish January and February, the overall box office has rebounded thanks to Captain Marvel and Us. The female-fronted tentpole added another $35 million, taking its domestic tally past $320 million. With a number of family-friendly options now headlining movie theater marquees, "Wonder Park" has struggled to break out among younger moviegoers and find the kind of audience it needs to justify its costly budget. In three weeks of release, it's made $910 million worldwide, and will soon become the first $1 billion release of 2019. That's a strong result, considering it cost a modest $7 million to produce.
The next four places on the box office chart saw last week's top five drop one place each-namely, Wonder Park, Five Feet Apart, How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World, and Tyler Perry's A Madea Family Funeral. The film was initially projected by industry experts to bring in closer to $45 million this weekend. The movie was pulled from theatres in New Zealand following the Christchurch shooting.