'Get Out' wins the weekend box office

"The Lego Batman Movie", the Warner Bros. film now in its third week of release, finished in second place with $19 million. And with this weekend's new movies not passing critical muster, could the fanfic-turned-novel-turned-movie franchise find itself suddenly at No. 1 come Sunday? Get Out marks Blumhouse's eighth film to open No. 1 at the North American box office, and its sixth film to open to more than $30 million. A distinct genre shift for Peele, the mystery-horror film's now unblemished rating on the popular site, of course, means that it is yet to receive a single negative review. This time around, the same studio (Universal) and production company (Blumhouse) are involved, and the genre is the same (horror/thriller), but instead of M Night Shyamalan at the helm, the auteur of the day is Jordan Peele, as the writer/director explodes onto the scene with Get Out, a critically praised and financially successful first feature.

According to hollywoodreporter, Peele's (Key & Peele) "Get out" movie is about a young African-American man (Daniel Kaluuya) who is anxious about meeting the family of his white girlfriend (Allison Williams) since she hasn't told them he is black. At first, Chris reads the family's overly accommodating behavior as nervous attempts to deal with their daughter's interracial relationship, but as the weekend progresses, a series of increasingly disturbing discoveries leads him to a truth that he could have never imagined. Yet that means defying his father's wishes, heading to the city, and locating the legendary and reclusive musician Angus Scattergood (Eddie Izzard), who needs to write a new song and fast.

Coming in at No. 3 was Keanu Reeves' actioner John Wick: Chapter Two with an additional $9 million in revenue in it's fourth week in release.

Most optimistic analysts had predicted the movie would open to $20 million to $24 million. Check out the February 24-26 box office estimates below.

For two weeks, animation and comedy reigned atop the box office.

  • Leroy Wright