Oscars 2017: Huge Box Office Success For Get Out Highlights A Great Weekend For The Movies

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It’s a great weekend to work in the movie industry!

The Oscars are going to do their thing — no doubt in front of a massive television audience — in another few hours here, and the weekend box office is feeling the bump with a strong showing for Get Out in theaters too!

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The Jordan Peele-helmed race-conscious horror film killed it at the box office this weekend, earning a VERY impressive $30.5 million debut!

That total was not only strong in and of itself, but good enough to take the top spot at the box office for the three-day period, pushing out The Lego Batman Movie from the #1 position it had been holding for the last several weeks!

The movie is also a big win for Universal Pictures, which has had some good luck in the horror genre of late when you add in M. Night Shyamalan‘s successful Split, which has globally earned more than $220 million since its release about five weeks ago.

And for Get Out — which opened in 2,781 theaters this weekend and cost only $5 million to make — a 100% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes has really helped things out, as has its A- CinemaScore, which is somewhat unusual for a film in the horror genre.

Wait… a well-produced, well-directed horror film that has some artistic sensibility in addition to being scary??

Love it!!!!

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Universal’s domestic distribution President Nick Carpou summed things up nicely about Peele, and the movie, in this quote:

“We already knew how talented Jordan Peele is. Now, we’re witnessing a new chapter in his creativity. This movie speaks to a lot of truths. It isn’t really a horror film, it is very subversive and deals with issues of the day that are both frightening and funny.”

Well said!!

Congrats to Peele on a GREAT opening weekend. The movie industry isn’t hurting right now, that’s for sure!

[Image via Universal Pictures.]

Feb 26, 2017 4:51pm PDT

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