It’s always a good weekend when a horror film manages to dominate the box office, and the debuting Get Out ended up doing just that over the past few days.
The directorial debut of former Key & Peele star – and noted horror fan – Jordan Peele, Get Out tells the tale of a young black man who travels with his white girlfriend to meet her parents at their country estate.
At least that’s what it’s about on the surface. Get Out’s plot holds many twists and turns for those who sit down for the ride.
Made on a small – for Hollywood – budget of only $4.5 million, Get Out absolutely cleaned up from a profit perspective, earning a cool $30.5 million over the weekend, and easily knocking The Lego Batman Movie off of the #1 spot on the domestic charts.
Get Out represents the second huge financial success for prolific horror studio Blumhouse Productions so far in 2017, with M. Night Shyamlan’s Split spending several weeks on top of the box office in January.
In addition to making bank, Get Out is also a massive hit with critics, scoring a rare 100% fresh rating over on Rotten Tomatoes. That would be impressive enough for any movie, but for a horror film to do that well with “mainstream” critics is almost unheard of.
There’s no word yet on what Peele plans to do for his next project, but here’s hoping he stays in the horror genre for awhile. We can always use more talented filmmakers within our ranks.