Weekend box office: Get Out scares off The LEGO Batman


Even the most passionate fans of GET OUT couldn’t have seen it debuting with close to $30 million at the weekend box office.  Clever, original horror films without any A-list stars or proven directors are supposed to find a home on home video and then maybe make some money with the subsequent sequels.  But Jordan Peele’s directorial debut GET OUT is shocking just about everyone with its performance.  It seems to be a perfect satire for race relations and apparently, American audiences were eager to see what Peele had to say.  The success of GET OUT is a great story and it should give hope that maybe we’ll get more original horror movies in the future.  There were no other new movies to note with the rest of the top five staying about the same.  There’s usually only room for one horror movie at a time and GET OUT knocked out SPLIT and RINGS.

Next week will belong to LOGAN.  Hugh Jackman’s last stand as Wolverine (I still don’t buy it, I don’t care how many times he says it) is getting incredible reviews and might be the superhero movie we’ve been waiting for.  From the trailers, it looks like Jackman gives it everything he has and hopefully it will live up to the hype and fanboy expectations.  LOGAN should flirt with a $75+ million opening, which would be a nice sendoff to Hugh Jackman but an equally big reason for him to come back.  But I also expect GET OUT to continue to do well, thanks to great word of mouth and we can’t discount whatever film takes home the Best Picture Oscar.  Note: the numbers below will be updates as they become final.

1. Get Out $28.5m

2. The LEGO Batman Movie $17.7m

3. John Wick: Chapter 2 $8.7m

4. The Great Wall $8m

5. Fifty Shades Darker $7.5m

6. Hidden Figures $5.7m

7. Fist Fight $5.8m

8. La La Land $4.6m

9. Split $3.9m

10. Rock Dog $3.6m

(Deadline)



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