Get Out Wins Boxoffice Crown

“Get Out” Brings in Audiences


February 24-26, 2017

(estimates from


Get Out $30.5 million
The LEGO Batman Movie  $19.0 million
John Wick: Chapter 2 $9.0 million
The Great Wall $8.7 million
Fifty Shades Darker  $7.7 million

Jordan Peele's days of impersonating President Obama and Gremlin-obsessed studio consultants may be over, but he seems to doing even better behind the camera. His debut film Get Out – a horror-comedy that mines racial tensions for both laughs and scares – debuted in the top spot with an estimated $30.5 million. That's one of the best debuts for a novice director ever. With a rare 100 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, it's likely to become one of the biggest hits of the year, especially given its tiny budget.

That was enough to bump The LEGO Batman Movie down to second place. It's now the biggest movie of the year domestically. (Curiously, the biggest movie worldwide is the xXx sequel The Return of Xander Cage, which has all but disappeared from U.S. theaters.) And judging by the trailers beforehand, it's part of a new flurry of LEGO movies. The Ninjago movie is on its way in September and a sequel will surely be announced any day now.

John Wick: Chapter Two continued its impressive run. The Keanu Reeves assassin thriller is now one of his 10 biggest movies ever, impressive given he's into his 30th year as an actor. The Great Wall fell to fourth, which was still enough to conquer Fifty Shades Darker, which despite a solid opening is getting, ahem, whipped at the box office.

Outside the top 5:

  • This Weekend's Indie Champ: My Life as a Zucchini, one of the Oscar nominees for Best Animated Feature. The Swiss-French film averaged $14,103 on its pair of screens.
  • Neither Rock Dog nor Collide were rockin' this weekend. The two barely promoted films opened in wide release, but the former took in only $3.7 million and the latter a mere $1.5 million.
  • Well, it took 16 weekends, but Arrival has finally earned $100 million. At 103 days, the only movie this decade that took longer to reach that milestone was 2010's dreadful live-action/CGI Yogi Bear monstrosity.

Next week:

Get Out's reign will be short-lived, though it will still have a solid second week. Next week, Logan takes over. Given its R rating, it will be hard to gauge exactly how big it will open. It could be a bit underwhelming, or it could be near Deadpool levels. But since it's bleak and not funny like that comic book flick, I'm predicting something close to the last solo Wolverine outing in 2013 with around $55 million. Don't expect much out of YA adaptation Before I Fall, but The Shack should have a nice $20 million opening.



About Kip Mooney

Kip Mooney
Like many film critics born during and after the 1980s, my hero is Roger Ebert. The man was already the best critic in the nation when he won the Pulitzer in 1975, but his indomitable spirit during and after his recent battle with cancer keeps me coming back to read not only his reviews but his insightful commentary on the everyday. But enough about a guy you know a lot about. I knew I was going to be a film critic—some would say a snob—in middle school, when I had to voraciously defend my position that The Royal Tenenbaums was only a million times better than Adam Sandler’s remake of Mr. Deeds. From then on, I would seek out Wes Anderson’s films and avoid Sandler’s like the plague. Still, I like to think of myself as a populist, and I’ll be just as likely to see the next superhero movie as the next Sundance sensation. The thing I most deplore in a movie is laziness. I’d much rather see movies with big ambitions try and fail than movies with no ambitions succeed at simply existing. I’m also a big advocate of fun-bad movies like The Room and most of Nicolas Cage’s work. In the past, I’ve written for The Dallas Morning News and the North Texas Daily, which I edited for a semester. I also contributed to Dallas-based Pegasus News, which in the circle of life, is now part of The Dallas Morning News, where I got my big break in 2007. Eventually, I’d love to write and talk about film full-time, but until that’s a viable career option, I work as an auditor for Wells Fargo. I hope to one day meet my hero, go to the Toronto International Film Festival, and compete on Jeopardy. Until then, I’m excited to share my love of film with you.

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