Horror film "Us" tops North American box office in opening weekend

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LOS ANGELES, March 24 (Xinhua) -- Universal's horror film "Us" took the top spot of North American box office with a massive 70.25 million U.S. dollars debut, scoring the third biggest horror film opening of all time.

Written and directed by Jordan Peele, the film stars Lupita Nyong'o, Winston Duke, Elisabeth Moss and Tim Heidecker among others. Peele won box office success and received numerous accolades for his 2017 directorial debut, the horror film "Get Out." Set in present day along the iconic Northern California coastline, "Us" pits an endearing American family against a terrifying and uncanny opponent: doppelgangers of themselves.

The film received a "B" rating from moviegoers on CinemaScore and a 94 percent certified fresh rating on review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes.

The film, which cost a reported 20 million dollars to produce, brought in 16.7 million dollars in 47 international territories for a global cume of 86.95 million dollars this weekend, according to studio figures collected by measurement firm Comscore.

Disney and Marvel's superheroine film "Captain Marvel" slid to second place with an estimated 35.02 million dollars in its third weekend, pushing its North American total to 321.5 million dollars. The film has collected 910.3 million dollars worldwide.

Based on the Marvel Comics superheroine of the same name and directed by Ryan Fleck and Anna Boden, the film stars Brie Larson in the title role. It's the 21st installment of Marvel Cinematic Universe and its first adaptation featuring a woman in the lead role. The plot follows Carol Danvers as she becomes one of the universe's most powerful heroes when the Earth is caught in the middle of a galactic war between two alien races.

Paramount's animated adventure film "Wonder Park" landed in third place with an estimated 9 million dollars in its second weekend for a North American total of 29.47 million dollars. The film tells the story of a magnificent amusement park where the imagination of a wildly creative girl named June comes alive. The film cost a reported 100 million dollars to produce before marketing.

Lionsgate's romantic drama "Five Feet Apart" came in fourth with an estimated 8.75 million dollars in its second weekend for a North American total of 26.46 million dollars. Directed by Justin Baldoni, the film stars Haley Lu Richardson and Cole Sprouse as two young patients with cystic fibrosis who meet and fall in love while being treated.

Universal and DreamWorks' animated fantasy film "How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World" finished fifth with an estimated 6.53 million dollars in its fifth weekend. The film has earned 145.75 million dollars in North America for a global total of 488.1 million dollars. Directed by Dean DeBlois, the final installment in the "How to Train Your Dragon" film trilogy follows Hiccup seeking a dragon utopia called "The Hidden World." Enditem

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