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Nothing seems to beat a good horror film at the box office, and it looks like Get Out is looking to continue the trend. The racially-conscious horror movie from Jordan Peele opened this weekend against The LEGO Batman Movie, and the film has been posting impressive numbers, poised to be the number one film for the weekend. Not only that, but Get Out has been getting good reviews from critics, meaning this horror film is pretty much a slam dunk.
It isn't enough that Jordan Peele is a huge comic talent (as seen in the great Key & Peele), but now he has a successful horror film under his belt too. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Peele's directorial debut, Get Out, is projected to take in $9.5 million-$10.5 million, easily winning the Friday box office. Should all go as planned, early tracking indicates that the film will earn in the $25 million-$28 million range, which would make it the number one movie of the weekend. Get Out cost under $5 million to make, so it has a nice run in theaters ahead of it.
Competition wise, Get Out opened against the reigning champ, The LEGO Batman Movie, as well as John Wick: Chapter 2 and Fifty Shades Darker. All three of those movies are entering their third weekend, and it was just a matter of time before some new blood came in. LEGO Batman is projected to come in second with $16.5 million-$18.5 million while Fifty Shades Darker looks to hold third place with $9 million-$10 million.
Get Out isn't the only movie opening this weekend. The animated Rock Dog and the action-thriller Collide have also premiered, though to less stellar results. Rock Dog, an animated movie about a Tibetan dog who aspires to be a musician that looks straight-to-DVD, is looking at $4 million-$5 million. Collide, starring Nicholas Hoult and Felicity Jones, finally makes its debut after having been delayed since 2015, and it may only earn about $1.5 million.
Not just a commercial success, Get Out has also been doing very well with critics. The horror-thriller currently holds a rare 100% on Rotten Tomatoes and has garnered quite a reputation ever since its secret debut at Sundance last month.
Written and directed by Jordan Peele, Get Out follows Chris (Daniel Kaluuya), an African American man who is apprehensive about meeting his white girlfriend's (Allison Williams) parents for the first time. That apprehension turns to fear when Chris learns that black men tend to go missing in this neighborhood and there's much more happening in this suburb than meets the eye.
Oscars weekend is usually pretty quiet, so take this opportunity to check out Get Out, in theaters right now.