Jordan Peele‘s Us, the follow-up to his 2017 smash hit Get Out has been following in the footsteps of its predecessor in terms of success, grossing more than $70 million in its first weekend alone. That’s not only the best opening for a live-action original film since James Cameron‘s Avatar; it’s also the biggest opening weekend in history for an original horror movie. (It and Halloween edged it out for best horror opening weekend of all time.) As if those accolades weren’t enough, Us also had the biggest opening for an R-rated film after Seth MacFarlane‘s Ted.
Us isn’t just performing well financially; it’s also sitting pretty with a 94 percent score from critics on Rotten Tomatoes. Critics have praised the performances by actresses Lupita Nyong’o and Elisabeth Moss in particular.
The premise of Us centers around an African American family headed by Nyong’o and Winston Duke who find themselves in a fight for their lives after encountering their doppelgängers while on vacation in California.
“I thoroughly enjoyed being a part of the realization of Jordan’s imagination. He was such a joy to work with from the very beginning,” said Nyong’o of her experience working on the film. “One of the things that makes him an extremely incredible director is how compassionate he is, and he has incredible communication skills. At every turn of making this film, he was just very, very good at keeping everyone informed about what’s going on. And in doing so, you kind of get on board, and you root for him and you root for the work.”
When asked to elaborate on the theme of the film, Peele was quoted as saying, “We are in a time where we fear the other, whether it’s the mysterious invader who might kill us or take our jobs, or the faction that doesn’t live near us that votes differently than we did. Maybe the evil is us. Maybe the monster that we’re looking at has our face.”