Jordan Peele's 'Get Out' Scores Monster $30.5 Million Opening

Maxine SotoFeb 28, 2017

After two weeks in first place, The LEGO Batman Movie was topped at the North American box office by newcomer Get Out, which earned an impressive $30.5 million from 2,891 theaters, an average of $10,976 per location.

The victor for the last two weekends, The LEGO Batman Movie, dropped to second place with $19 million, which was just a 41.8% drop from last weekend, while the other two new releases, Collide and Rock Dog, failed to even crack the top 10. Universal distributed, marketed, and partnered on both movies. It does not appear to be rising much higher than that, but the worldwide draw has been sufficient to cover the budget and then some with a total box office haul of $74 million. We're talking a flawless score on Rotten Tomatoes for the film.

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LEGO Batman also managed another feat over the weekend and that was holding off all competition on the box office including, Universal's The Great Wall.

Most optimistic analysts had predicted the movie would open to $20 million to $24 million.

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Jordan, who most audiences know for his sketch comedy work on the series Key & Peele, wrote and directed the film about a black man who travels upstate to meet his white girlfriend's family.

As the newcomers stumbled, "The Lego Batman Movie" continued to show strength, racking up $19 million in its third week to push its domestic gross to $133 million. Its cumulative USA take now stands at $133 million (after current estimates), with another $72.1 million in foreign ticket sales.

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Fifty Shades Darker rounds out the new top five at five with $7.7 million (£6.2 million). On the ugly side, the two other openers include Rock Dog, another made on the cheap animated release from Lionsgate, and Collide, a film with a stellar cast that includes Nicholas Hoult, Felicity Jones, and Anthony Hopkins, but was a Relativity Media castoff that was picked up and ignored by Open Road Films. M. Night Shyamalan has also returned to his glory days of box office success with his hit film, Split.

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