Jordan Peele's 'Us' Just Smashed A Horror Film Record At The Box Office

Jordan Peele's latest horror film has already made history with a strong opening at cinemas in the US.

The highly-anticipated follow up to Get Out was released in cinemas just a few days ago but has already set a new record for the best-ever opening for an original horror film, Variety reports

The film starring Lupita Nyong'o and Winston Duke raked in a whopping $US 70 million on its first weekend, charging past the former record holder A Quiet Place -- which opened at $50 million. It also surpassed Ted ($US33 million) to become the best debut for an R-rated film.

Impressively, Us more than doubled the first-weekend takings of Get Out ($US33 million), with the film flying under the radar for a while there, until everyone realised that Peele had written one of the most brilliant horror films of all time.

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“Put simply, Jordan Peele is a genius,” said Universal's Jim Orr in a statement to Variety.

“He’s managed to tap into something that the domestic box office can’t get enough of. People can’t wait to see what he does next.”

(Universal Pictures)

We asked Peele if he felt any pressure after releasing the critically acclaimed Get Out in 2017, which won an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay last year.

"I've been told a lot, the past couple of years, that there's a lot of pressure," he told Maude Garrett.

"So yes, I've felt a certain amount of pressure, but I make my favourite film I've never seen, that doesn't exist and that's the real reward," Peele explained.

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Us opens in Australia this Thursday, March 28 which means we still have a few days of avoiding all the spoilers floating around online.

Peele retweeted an announcement to anyone considering giving away the ending -- with a warning that spoilers will be reported as "abusive content".

Main Image: Universal Pictures.