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‘Get Out’ is Absolutely Wrecking the Box Office!

Our beloved genre has always done well in the spring, but this is unprecedented. Horror is absolutely annihilating the box office, with Jordan Peele’s debut topping the charts.

Peele’s Get Out (read our review), which is still sitting at 100% on Rotten Tomatoes (with 135 reviews!), pulled in an estimated $35 million this weekend on a mere $4.5 million reported budget.

I’m always preaching about horror films need to be socially relevant to be great. Get Out is exactly that, tackling race issues from various perspectives, making it not only social relevant, but something every single viewer can relate to (in different ways, obviously). Get Out is not just an incredibly entertaining movie, but it feels like cathartic release for Peele, and an important film that could cause many viewers to self reflect. Get Out isn’t just great, it’s important, and I think it’s going to resonate into another monstrous horror release by Universal.

[Related] Get Out…Two of the Coolest Scenes Are Missing!

Speaking of, Universal Pictures’ other monster hit, M. Night Shyamalan’s Split (read our review) is up to $130 million domestically ($220 million worldwide)  in just 6 weeks! By the time Get Out completes its theatrical run, it could reach similar numbers, meaning horror could score over half a billion dollars for Universal worldwide in just the first quarter alone! Holy. Fucking. Shit.

A few weeks ago, John Squires wrote this piece that shines a light on just how huge horror has been in 2017. At the time of his writing, horror films had taken 5 of the top 10 slots of highest grossing films of the year – and this includes Rings‘ “flop” that caused Paramount to bail on Friday the 13th. (It’s now 7 of the top 15.)

Horror films always thrive during a crisis, and I believe that we’re in the midst of what feels like a civil war. With social media continually shoving politics in our faces, movies are one of the best forms of release, especially our genre. With (at least) four years left of Trump’s America, horror could be seeing a resurgence like nothing we’ve ever seen before.



COMMENTS

58 Comments
  • Ocelot006 .

    Good job shoving politics in our face while at the same time complaining about when politics are shoved in our faces.

    • Michael Huxel

      Well, choosing to go to the theater and purchase a ticket with your money, or going to a news site and clicking on and reading an article of your own free will doesn’t exactly make it seem as though anyone’s forcing anything other than a fat cock down your throat you miserable whiny bastard

    • Cappy Tally

      I can’t imagine what life must be like without George Romero’s “Dead” films, given that they’re all about shoving politics in our faces and whatnot.

      • Ocelot006 .

        Those are more in the realm of social commentary and not ‘oh you got a red tie? I got a blue one! Blue is better!’

        • Cappy Tally

          Sounds to me like nostalgia has instilled a selective outrage. New films offend you for doing things that many classics do as well but because they’re classics, you give them a pass and try to suggest they’re not the same when, in fact, they are.

          • Ocelot006 .

            Are you replying to me? Because it looks like you are not as that reply does not correlate with a damn thing I’ve said. How about this rule for conversation folks: reply to what someone has said.

    • KSE1977

      See I am glad for the coverage of the film and the fact that it intelligently deals with societal issues is also cool as few seem to do it properly. Now this site’s political bent I could do without, but as long as I don’t see it creeping into every story that appears I can live with it. Nearly every facet of our society, to include all entertainment mediums, seems to be infected with the need to promote their own political view/agenda. I think they are always coming from a good place with their beliefs, just don’t know when to leave well enough alone.

      I just like to come here for horror stuff. I can go to my facebook feed or nearly anywhere else and get dragged into insane political discussions.

      • Ocelot006 .

        I can certainly do without the implication that we are in a civil war. Really? For a war, things are pretty good. No better war than the one where I can go get Checkers at 2:30 in the morning and stuff and double spicy chicken sandwich in my mouth. 😛 Shit. Now I wrote that….and now I need that. Fuck.

        But it’s as if people just want times to be worse so that they can feel more important. Might be a good social commentary horror movie concept hidden in that. 😛

        • KSE1977

          I think between the 24 hour news cycle and social media, coupled with what is clearly a broken education system, this is all to be expected. Folks seem to lack a historical perspective these days when it comes to current events and stuff from the past.

          • Ocelot006 .

            But the attempt to take on some historical perspective. “Trump is just like Hitler! Look at history!” Yeah I’m looking at it and no.

            All these people that already declare “I’ll be on the right side of history!” How do you know? I’m sure fifty years into slavery in the States, slave holders were like “see? I’m right. Fifty years!”

  • Lady Bathory

    I’m always glad when horror films are doing well! Get Out is definitely on my must watch list! I wonder how strong that social commentary aspect is going to be… If it doesn’t appeal to the so called al-right, Trump might try to ban it after calling it fake news… xD

    • Dave Galloway

      You mad Broad?

  • J Jett

    also worth noting…(from Comingsoon)…

    “The big story overseas was Resident Evil: The Final Chapter,
    which earned a massive $94.3 MILLION in China this weekend. Made for
    $40 million, the film has earned just $26.5 million in North America,
    but the Screen Gems release has also grossed a total of $212 million
    overseas, for a worldwide total of $239 million. Maybe it won’t be the
    final chapter after all? Resident Evil: Retribution previously earned $240 million globally in 2012”.
    —–
    i love (as guilty pleasures) RES EVIL’s 1-4 but hated RETRIBUTION. the
    action scenes in FINAL CHAPTER are so atrociously edited (trying to be
    like the BOURNE films style but failing miserably) that it makes most of
    the film unwatchable. i’m definitely up for a new RE movie but i hope
    Anderson isn’t allowed anywhere near it. i love Milla but (i’m not a
    gamer) i would prefer a complete RE reboot with a new cast and have the
    movie set (or reset) from the very beginging (of the T-Virus/zombie
    outbreak).

    • Yeah, I “think” they’re serious about this being the final chapter in this particular RE series. I’ve no doubt, though, with that amount of dough that we’ll get some sort of reboot sonner than later. Here’s hoping it’s a bit more horror than the current series.

      • J Jett

        i’d love to have a complete reboot that is focused more on horror!

        • Halloween_Vic

          A reboot based on the actual original game would be amazing!!!!

    • Creepshow

      Stop with this tomfoolery at once!
      You’ll only encourage more crippity crap!

      • J Jett

        LOL. i was shocked when i read that the movie made that much business this weekend despite the fact it’s been released there for 2 months now.

        • Creepshow

          Smash the bottle of champagne on RE’s ass. It’s bon voyage time.

          • Simon Allen

            And pop the Underworld franchise in the coffin before you nail the lid down .

          • Creepshow

            I lycan that idea.

        • Simon Allen

          But then we remember that Warcraft made an earthshattering amount of money in China LOL.

  • ScriptGiverrrr

    Brilliant movie. Goes right for the throat. Love seeing a topical horror film, and one that isn’t afraid to piss people off. But one and done, don’t sequelize something that is already near perfect.

  • Wil McMullen

    Great movie! Deserves all the accolades, i was in a theater with everyone losing their shit cheering at this flick.

  • REC03

    this movie deserves the success. so well done. the audience loved it and even clapped at the end, which never happens where i live!

    • Yes, I saw it in a packed theater last night and people were cheering and clapping for the entire final act. It was awesome.

      • Creepshow

        Cheer at sporting events. Shhhh at the movies. – The Contrarian

        • Matt

          I couldn’t agree more. I don’t care how good the movie is, keep your yap shut until the movie is over.

          • Creepshow

            Haha, good man!
            If you can’t shat-up, stay home!

        • Simon Allen

          I love to cheer at movies …..I cheered all the way through Manchester by the Sea .

          • Creepshow

            I sang and danced my ass off in the isles during La La Land.

          • Simon Allen

            That’s completely understandable .
            After all there is a reason it won best film at the Oscars.
            Oh sorry no it didn’t . 🙂
            I blame Faye Dunaway ….the woman hasn’t done anything right for years .

          • Sean Robert Hart

            You cheer during a movie? Hoping you watched it at home.

          • Simon Allen

            This comment is tongue in cheek my friend .
            Have you seen Manchester by the Sea ?

          • Sean Robert Hart

            No i havent lol glad you were being cheeky

        • Party pooper.

  • Creepshow

    An excellent “tip of the cap” to Across the Universe, Brad. Well done!

  • tyler

    Excited to see this! Your right… everything, including horror films, will only be going up during Trump’s term! Thank God! Unlike Obama and a Clinton term where nothing gets better and just gets driven straight in to the ground.

    • ScriptGiverrrr

      Hahahaha hahahahahahaha read a book

    • lel

    • Cure4Humanity

      You clearly weren’t paying attention while wild Bill was in the white house.

  • Rohan

    Get Out was awesome! I thought it was interesting that *SPOILER the bad guys werent actually racist. He could have just made them racist serial killers but he went in a completely different direction. Also I thought it was funny yet sad, because of how relevant it is, that everyone in the theatre went ‘oh no’ when the cop car pulled up at the end.

  • KSE1977

    I am so stoked to see this, from the strong reviews, to the audiences raving, this looks like a well-made production. However, this movie making this amount of money also has other sources. Taken into consideration that we are at a slow time in movie season, this movie is a horror film, which as we saw with split has a market right now. Also the fact that for once the movie does far more to appeal to Black audiences than most horror films do and deals with issues which interest folks of all races and Key and Peele had their own fan base as well.

    This could be part of a societal trend, or it could be a tight horror film dropping at the right time on the calendar and managing to engage black audiences as well as your general horror audiences. Why more studios have not found a way to genuinely engage black Americans with horror films that are not just Tales from the Hood-styled stereotypical crap is beyond me. Horror has a ton of diversity thanks to international releases, but seeing well-made, interesting and original horror that leverages minority groups in the US in an intelligent way is exciting and hopefully a trend we will see more follow. Certainly this film’s success should inspire other horror writers and studio execs that there is in fact more of a market for horror when given a chance to expand the audience.

  • Richter Belmont

    Oh man, that would be really embarrassing if Universal’s ‘The Mummy’ doesn’t make at least double its budget compared to what ‘Split’ and ‘Get Out’ have made for them on such minuscule budgets. But congrats, nonetheless for Uni this first quarter!

    • Cure4Humanity

      It’s generally easier for lower budget horror films to thrive in comparison to big budget ones. Films like World War Z are more the exception than the rule.

  • zombie84_41

    fuckin soild hope horror gets back into gear now. And now it’ll be better since trump is president they can work alot into it maybe make another kind of they live sort of flick.

    • Evan3

      I’m pretty sure each and every president would justify a They Live sort of flick. They are all terrible in their unique ways.

      • zombie84_41

        Yeah they are

  • Francesco Falciani

    yep and resident evil final chapter made huge 94 milions in china…its total now it’s at 239…it will be the biggest movie in the franchise by the end of next week…

    • Saturn

      So, Resident Evil : A New Beginning?
      Followed of course, by Resident Evil : Alice Lives!
      And then the one aboard a space station…….

      Hell, I will be honest here – if they keep making them, I’ll keep watching them.
      Not every movie has to be The Green Mile or Shawshank.

  • This really is a great time for not just horror but low budget horror. First Split now this, excellent!

  • Saturn

    Glad to hear that it’s doing well, and getting positive reviews.
    We don’t get it over here until 17th March, so gonna have to try and avoid possible spoilers.
    Looking forward to it.

  • Otterlee

    So proud of the genre that used to be so looked-down-on. There’s a message for everyone in horror.

  • Nex

    Get out was amazing! I don’t think it’ll make the same numbers as Split though cause when Split came out, it wasn’t going against anything really great for almost three weekends. While I want Get Out to continue it’s success and make a ton of money, the sad truth is that Logan is coming out this week and that movie is going to crush the box office. Nevertheless, Split and Get Out did great for the horror genre. Keep up the awesome work Blumhouse!

    • KSE1977

      I am hoping it keeps strong for a few more weeks and at least has a big second week based off of press and word of mouth. Split certainly benefitted from a weak few weeks at the BO and Logan is certainly going to win this weekend.

  • Polsdofer

    Wish is could have helped wreck the box office too but unfortunately my town isn’t showing Get Out. It’s really a bummer.

  • Evan3

    If Trump is going to renew interest in horror, I’m all for it. That said, your assessment on horror thriving is inaccurate. We have two hits (Split and Get Out) to three flops (Bye Bye Man, Rings, and Cure for Wellness). And Rings and Cure were costly flops too (especially for proponents of mid/big-budget horror film).

  • blackie_chan

    This is not a horror film…its a thriller!!

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