Jordan Peele’s ‘Get Out’ just made history…
But why is a $200 million box office haul such a big deal?
According to The Wrap, the gripping horror flick ‘Get Out’ is the first debut film by a black writer-director to hit the $200 million mark. And that’s quite an accomplishment.
“Just days after signing a lucrative first-look deal with Universal Pictures, Jordan Peele has become the first African-American writer-director to gross $200 million worldwide with his debut film, ‘Get Out’,” they revealed.
“Released back in late February, ‘Get Out’ crossed the milestone on Sunday with $173.8 million of its $204.3 million worldwide gross coming from domestic screens.”
And it’s not stopping there…
Apparently, ‘Get Out’ is just $3 million away from becoming the highest grossing debut for a black director – a title currently held by Clark Johnson for his 2003 flick, ‘S.W.A.T.’.
(Unlike ‘Get Out’, ‘S.W.A.T.’ had different writer and director credits)
Clearly this is a huge win for Peele, who is quickly turning heads after landing his lucrative deal with Universal Pictures. And hopefully, this is just the start of a long career from a very talented and interesting new writer-director.
‘Get Out’ shocked critics with a phenomenal $30 million opening, and was praised for its themes of racial conflict and microaggressions while still succeeding as a gripping horror in its own right.
Let’s hope Jordan Peele’s next projects can pull off something similar.
‘Get Out’ stars Daniel Kaluuya, Allison Williams, Catherine Keener, Bradley Whitford, Marcus Henderson, and Betty Gabriel.
Jordan Peele both wrote and directed the movie.
‘Get Out’ opened in cinemas across the UK on 17 March 2017.