Jordan Peele’s directorial debut, Get Out, took the number one spot at the box office this weekend, dethroning The LEGO Batman Movie, which enjoyed two weeks in the top spot. Get Out grossed a pretty solid $30.5 million in its first weekend. The film, which debuted as a surprise to audiences at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival in January, has earned critical and audience acclaim.
Get Out is a horror movie balanced with elements of comedy and racial awareness. The film follows a young African-American man who’s going to visit his white girlfriend’s family in upstate New York for the first time. While there, he discovers disturbing information about the family that heightens his already high sense of discomfort. Peele’s film stars Daniel Kaluuya, Allison Williams, Catherine Keener, and others.
Even though The LEGO Batman Movie couldn’t hold onto the top spot, it only dropped to second place, grossing an additional $19 million. The animation has made over $200 million worldwide, with $133 million of that amount grossed domestically over three weeks. Recently, director Chris McKay discussed making the film and how he pitched it to the studio.
In third place is John Wick: Chapter 2 with $9 million. This brings its domestic total to $74.4 million. The Great Wall, starring Matt Damon, made $8.7 million and has so far grossed only $34.4 million domestically. Rounding out the top five is Fifty Shades Darker with $7.7 million. In three weeks, the film has a domestic total of $103.6 million.
At the global box office, Resident Evil: The Final Chapter debuted in China with $94.3 million and xXx: The Return of Xander Cage also made a good amount in China, grossing $152.6 million.
Headlining studio movies aren’t usually released during the weekend of the Oscars, which are airing live later tonight, because they’re not convinced they’d make a lot of money, but it’s nice to see that audiences made an effort to go see Get Out and LEGO Batman especially.
What did you go see at the movies this weekend?