Jordan Peele’s ‘Us’ Earns Highest Opening Weekend For An Original Horror Movie

Us Jordan Peele Lupita Nyong'oJordan Peele’s Us has crossed an impressive milestone in its first three days of release, earning a whopping $70 million domestically.

Get Out became a cultural phenomenon when it hit theaters in 2017. Jordan Peele’s directorial debut was an instant hit amongst critics and moviegoers alike, resulting in Get Out being nominated for Best Picture at the Academy Awards the following year. It didn’t win that award, but Jordan Peele did walk away from the ceremony with an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay.

Us is Jordan Peele’s follow-up to Get Out, focusing on a family terrorized by mysterious, deadly doppelgangers. After opening Thursday night, Us raked in $70 million during its first weekend in U.S. theaters. The impressive opening gross puts Us in the third place for all-time horror box office openings, only behind Halloween‘s $76 million opening last year and IT‘s $123 million opening the year before.

After more than doubling Get Out‘s $33 million opening weekend, Us has earned the title of biggest opening weekend for an original horror film, given that Halloween is a sequel and IT is an adaptation of a Stephen King novel. Overseas, Jordan Peele’s latest horror film earned another $16.7 million, bringing its worldwide total to $86.95 million.

Jordan Peele’s Us became a huge critical hit when it premiered at SXSW in Austin, Texas earlier this month. During that same festival, the horror movies The Curse of La Llorona and Pet Semetary also garnered huge buzz after their premieres. The Curse of La Llorona heads to theaters on April 20th, with Pet Semetary arriving two weeks prior on April 5th.

It’s too early to tell whether or not those two films can match the success of Jordan Peele’s Us when they premiere. Given that The Curse of La Llorona is part of The Conjuring franchise and Pet Semetary is a Stephen King adaptation, it seems that the next few weeks could bring some massive success to the horror genre. Even fans of the X-Men franchise will be getting a taste of the horror genre when The New  Mutants finally gets released.

We’ll be sure to keep you updated on all news regarding Jordan Peele’s Us as soon as more information becomes available. What did you think about Us? Would you like to see Jordan Peele go from the horror genre to the superhero genre, like Aquaman director James Wan and Shazam! director David F. Sandberg?  Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!

Source: Variety

Top Actors To Replace Ben Affleck In Matt Reeves’ ‘The Batman’

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Batman Ben Affleck Matt ReevesBen Affleck is officially out as Batman and it's a pretty sad day.

Words cannot describe how sad I am to see Ben Affleck announce that he's no longer Batman. His Batman is why I do what I do. In Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, I fell in love with his comic book-accurate interpretation of the Caped Crusader. It was a breath of fresh air and it felt like we finally had the one true Batman.

Three years have quickly sped by and we're officially going to receive a new Batman for his next movie. Last night, Ben Affleck announced that he will not return as the Dark Knight in Matt Reeves' The Batman and now everyone's attention has moved towards wanting to know who the next Bruce Wayne will be. Matt Reeves is said to want an actor that's around 20 years younger than Affleck while Warner Bros. wants someone older. My guess is that Reeves wants a fresh start while the studio wants an older actor for crossover potential.

In this list, I will discuss the actors I think can replace Ben Affleck as Batman using the parameters that Matt Reeves and Warner Bros. want. Hit Next to see our picks to play the Batman.

Michael Fassbender

Michael Fassbender X-Men

Michael Fassbender is an X-Men alum and no stranger to comic book franchises. The actor has shown multiple levels of range and could definitely handle the Batman/Bruce Wayne personality. If they go with the older range for the next Dark Knight, then Fassbender is probably one of the best choices to take over the role.

Ben Barnes

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Ben Barnes is out of a job after The Punisher season 2 and he's one of the best actors in that series. The second season tied up Barnes' arc on The Punisher and the actor has already told us that that he'd love to play the Caped Crusader. Barnes definitely has the pretty boy look going on for him and I wonder what his take on Bruce Wayne could be.

Ryan Gosling

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I've said this before and I'll say it again: Ryan Gosling needs to star in a superhero movie. I've always thought Gosling would make a great Batman. Every role that he's done has shown us his capability and he could crush it as Bruce Wayne.

Jon Hamm

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Jon Hamm is my top choice for an older Batman. If Warner Bros. wants to cast an older actor for crossover potential, Jon Hamm is the studio's best bet. He has a similar look to Ben Affleck, and c'mon, the guy's look just screams Bruce Wayne.

Armie Hammer

Armie Hammer The Man from U.N.C.L.E.

Armie Hammer is 32 years old and was cast as the Caped Crusader in George Miller's Justice League: Mortal. That film will never see the light of day, but that doesn’t mean that Hammer doesn't deserve a second shot at being the Batman. He's charming, broody and will probably give his all for this role. Armie Hammer is a great option because he's young enough for Matt Reeves and Warner Bros. could work in a way for him to crossover with the rest of the DC Extended Universe.

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