Jordan Peele’s debut as a horror director was a successful one as Get Out won not only the weekend for himself, but gave yet another win to Universal Pictures, which has dominated the movie scene in 2017 so far.
Get Out earned $30.5 million, according to early box office estimates from The Numbers. That easily knocked The Lego Batman Movie out of the top spot it held for the last two weeks, although its $19 million weekend has brought its 17-day total to $133 million.
Peele is probably best known for his comic acting work on series like Fox’s MadTV and Comedy Central’s Key & Peele with fellow comedian Keegan-Michael Key. In his first-ever attempt at directing, however, Peele went for something outside his wheelhouse – horror. And it was a success.
Not only did it rule the weekend box office, but it’s one of the best-reviewed movies of the year so far, according to Rotten Tomatoes. As of Sunday, the film has impressed all 135 critics the website has surveyed, giving the film not only just a rare 100 percent for a horror film, but a rare 100 percent overall.
John Wick: Chapter 2 stayed in third place with $9 million. Its 17-day total is now $74.4 million, just shy of its total global gross of the first film, John Wick, in 2014.