Box Office: ‘Get Out’ Scares Up $30.5 Million Oscar Weekend
Universal/Blumhouse’s Get Out scares off The LEGO Batman Movie over the Oscar weekend with stellar $30.5 million debut. Jordan Peele‘ s directorial debut is the second win in a row for Universal and Blumhouse after the hugely successful M. Night Shyamalan movie Split.
Peele’s horror film lived up to its 100% rating on Rotten Tomatoes and earned a A- Cinemascore from viewers without any A-list stars. He also wrote Get Out, about a young African-American man (Daniel Kaluuya) who is apprehensive about meeting the family of his white girlfriend (Allison Williams) since she hasn’t told them he is black. When they arrive at her parents’ home, he is further alarmed to learn that young black men have a habit of disappearing.
The rest of the top five was filled out by John Wick: Chapter Two, Fifty Shades Darker, and The Great Wall, while other newcomers Collide (Open Road & IM Global) and Rock Dog (Chinese-American animated film) finished outside of the top ten.
Next weekend marks the start of a busy month at the box office with the release of Hugh Jackman’s final Wolverine film, Logan, and two other films fighting for the leftovers: Before I Fall based on a Lauren Oliver novel, and the faith-based drama The Shack with Sam Worthington and Octavia Spencer.