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.
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.
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.