Jordan Peele’s Get Out follow-up, Us, had an incredible opening weekend, taking the No. 1 spot at the U.S. box office with $70 million in sales while also scoring glowing reviews and a whole lot of word-of-mouth.
The film, which currently holds a score of 81/100 on Metacritic, has sold $87 million worldwide over its first four days of release — not bad for an artsy, think-piece genre film.
Also at the Box
Captain Marvel continued its hot streak, taking the No. 2 spot at last weekend’s box office with another $35 million in domestic sales, upping the film’s 17-day worldwide sales total to $910 million. I love the directing team of Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck, and now that they have a huge hit, I can’t help but wonder what they’ll do next.
Dylan Brown’s new animated flick, Wonder Park, took the No. 3 spot at the U.S. box over its second week of release, bringing in another $9 million, upping he flick’s 10-day sales total to just under $30 million.
Five Feet Apart continued to surpass expectations, taking the No. 4 spot with another $8.8 million in sales, bringing the film’s 10-day sales total to $26 million.
How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World rounded out last weekend’s Top 5 with another $6.5 million in sales, bringing the film’s five-week worldwide sales total to $488 million.
Also of note: The probably very good Gloria Bell continued to flop, selling just $1.8 million over its third weekend of release, bringing the film’s total so far to just $3 million worldwide. Oof.
New this Week
Harmony Korine, one of the more radical American artists of the ’90s, has a film opening wide this weekend called The Beach Bum. It stars Matthew McConaughey as a character named Moondog (though not based on NYC’s famous Moondog, I’m told). Supporting McConaughey are Snoop Dogg, Isla Fisher, Martin Lawrence and Zac Efron. The Beach Bum looks like something of a continuation of Korine’s last film, Springbreakers, in that it’s a sunburned splash of edgy filmmaking that’s heavily influence by MTV’s The Beach House.
I’ll watch it, and I’ll root for Korine, but I’m worried about this one, and about how Korine is perhaps squandering a rare opportunity to go big and loud and weird with movie stars.
Also out everywhere is Tim Burton’s Dumbo, which stars what will maybe be the most ScreenTime-friendly cast of the year, including Danny DeVito, Michael Keaton, Eva Green, and Colin Farrell.
Like all Burton films these days, Dumbo looks to be expertly made, gorgeous to look at and, sadly, a shameless plea to be culturally and financially relevant by an artist who did his best work many moons ago, before he worried about box office returns.
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