Jordan Peele Scores $33M Victory with ‘Get Out’
Get out might have been the words that drove The Lego Batman Movie from the top spot this weekend. Written and directed by Jordan Peele, horror film Get Out became the new number 1 film with an estimated $33.4 million.
Jordan Peele’s Get Out shocked the world this weekend. While claiming the top spot over the weekend seemed probable, it’s $33.4 million debut was highly unexpected. Blumhouse Productions has seen openings like this before. The Purge and Paranormal Activity franchises have both been success stories for the studio. However, who would’ve expected this in the month of February? Well, when your film scored a 99% on Rotten Tomatoes and a A- on CinemaScore, anything’s possible.
After two weeks on top, The Lego Batman Movie dipped one spot to second place. The animated Warner Bros. spin-off grossed another $19.2 million over the weekend. That’s down 41.2% from last weekend. Unfortunately, The Lego Batman Movie isn’t holding as strongly as previous early year animated hits such as The Lego Movie or Zootopia. Prospects of a $200 million finish have gone dark for the blocky Caped Crusader. Though, at its current pace a finish around $170 million seems reasonable.
Keanu Reeves’ John Wick: Chapter 2 actually jumped a spot from last weekend. The Lionsgate sequel rose to third place, grossing another $9.4 million. After 17 days of release, John Wick has grossed $74.8 million. There’s still an outside chance that John Wick could crack the century mark. It’s highly unlikely with Logan clawing its way into theaters next weekend. Then there’s Kong: Skull Island and Disney’s tentpole, Beauty and the Beast on the horizon. A $90 million finish isn’t that bad of a consolation prize.
Matt Damon was the butt of many of Jimmy Kimmel’s jokes at last night’s Academy Awards. And it looks like his monster flick, The Great Wall fared mediocre at best this weekend. Down 50.6% from last weekend, The Great Wall brought in another $9.1 million. That brings its 10-day total to $34.8 million. Expect that haul to come tumbling down next weekend as the Universal film loses IMAX screens to the highly-anticipated Logan. With a budget of a $150 million, The Great Wall may finish south of $50 million.
Rounding out the charts this week is the erotic thriller, Fifty Shades Darker. The critically-panned Universal sequel fell 61.6% in its third weekend, grossing another $7.8 million. After 17 days in theaters, Fifty Shades has made $103.7 million. Fifty Shades of Grey hit the same numbers on day 7 in 2015. With most of its audience attention spent, Fifty Shades may submit itself to a finish around $115 million. The question will remain for next year whether Fifty Shades Freed will be able to crack the century mark.
Note: These #’s are based on Sunday’s projections and can change with Monday’s actual #’s.
#1 – Get Out (NR)
$33.4 million / $33.4 million total
#2 – The Lego Batman Movie (1)
$19.2 million / $133.2 million total
#3 – John Wick: Chapter 2 (4)
$9.4 million / $74.8 million total
#4 – The Great Wall (3)
$9.1 million / $34.8 million total
#5 – Fifty Shades Darker (2)
$7.8 million / $103.7 million total
Opening Next Week: Logan, Before I Fall, The Shack
Source: Box Office Mojo