Us scores biggest ever opening box office weekend for an original horror

ABC's'Nightline- 2019

The film will snip out $70 million domestically from 3,741 theaters with its fancy pair of golden scissors for Universal Pictures and take the top spot at this weekend's box office.

It also means that Us has officially enjoyed the biggest opening weekend for an original horror film in history, leaping over A Quiet Place.

To date Us is the second best debut of the year after Captain Marvel, with Universal notching the year's second, third best (How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World-$55 million), and fourth best (Glass-$40.3 million) debuts at the domestic B.O.

Us grossed more at its initial weekend box office than Peele's previous movie Get Out. The horror flick, which stars Lupita Nyong'o, Winston Duke, Shahadi Wright Joseph and Evan Alex as a family terrorized by menacing doppelgangers, is a notably ambitious effort compared to Peele's first.

With the better-than-expected debut of "Us", ticket sales at domestic box office are pacing over 15% ahead of the same frame in 2018, when "Pacific Rim Uprising" was the No. 1 film in North America.

While Us catered to moviegoers looking for a good fright, Captain Marvel was doing some terrifying business of its own during the superhero blockbuster's third weekend of release. Us could easily crush that global tally of $255.4 million and then some by the time it's finished with its theatrical run. The film has earned almost $621.5 million worldwide since its opening weekend. The film was initially projected by industry experts to bring in closer to $45 million this weekend. With Brie Larson starring as a former fighter pilot with superpowers, the film has taken in a combined $910 million at home and overseas.

Among specialty releases, Bleecker Street's "Hotel Mumbai" pulled in $89,492 when it bowed in four theaters in NY and Los Angeles, translating to $21,623 per venue.