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Horror flick Get Out tops US box office as Lego Batman slips to second

Get Out, Daniel Kaluuya

Story by Jack Foley

JORDAN Peele’s race-conscious horror film Get Out has topped the US box office on Oscars weekend with an impressive $30.5 debut.

The figure was more than enough to topple high-performing family holdover The Lego Batman Movie from the top spot.

The movie, which marks Peele’s feature directorial debut, stars British actor Daniel Kaluuya as a young African-American man who is apprehensive about meeting the family of his white girlfriend (Allison Williams) since she hasn’t told them he is black.

When they arrive at her parents’ home, he is further alarmed to learn that young black men have a habit of disappearing.

Universal domestic distribution president Nick Carpou was delighted with the opening figure, stating: “We already knew how talented Jordan Peele is. Now, we’re witnessing a new chapter in his creativity. This movie speaks to a lot of truths. It isn’t really a horror film, it is very subversive and deals with issues of the day that are both frightening and funny.”

Get Out‘s success is even more remarkable given that it cost under $5 million to make.

Lego Batman was still no slouch in its third weekend, earning an estimated $19 million in the US alone to jump the $200 million mark globally and finish Sunday with a total of $226 million.

While Get Out prospered in the US, neither of the other two films opening over Oscar weekend could crack the top 10.

Animated family film Rock Dog grossed $3.7 million to place 12th, while long-delayed action film Collide, starring Nicholas Hoult and Felicity Jones, mustered only $1.5 million.

Back in the top five, Keanu Reeves’ action vehicle John Wick: Chapter Two placed third with $9 million for a domestic total of $74.4 million and worldwide haul of $125.5 million.

While troubled ancient epic The Great Wall, starring Matt Damon, continued to struggle in its second weekend with a US haul of $8.7 million. Globally, the film may have earned $300 million – including $171 million in China – but that’s still not enough to put the movie in the black because of a $150 million production budget.

Erotic sequel Fifty Shades Darker crossed the $100 million mark in the US and $300 million globally. In the US, it rounded out the top five with $7.7 million for a total $103.6 million, while overseas it took in another $19.8 million for a foreign total of $328.3 million.

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