×
You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Box Office: Jordan Peele’s ‘Get Out’ Scares Up $1.8 Million on Thursday

Jordan Peele’s horror-thriller “Get Out” has opened with an impressive $1.8 million at 2,240 sites in Thursday night preview screenings starting at 7 p.m.

Universal-Blumhouse’s thriller about a young African-American man’s visit to his white girlfriend’s estate is coming into the market amid strong critical support with a rare 100% “fresh” score on Rotten Tomatoes. “Get Out” expands to 2,773 North American theaters on Friday, where it’s expected to gross $18 million on its opening weekend and challenge the third weekend of “The Lego Batman Movie” for box office leadership.

The film, starring Daniel Kaluuya, Allison Williams, Catherine Keener and Bradley Whitford, is the feature directorial for Peele, best known for his Comedy Central series “Key & Peele.” The Fandango online ticket service reported that “Get Out” was accounting for a leading 32% of its sales Friday.

“Get Out” should be highly profitable, given its modest $4.5 million price tag. Low-budget horror specialist Blumhouse also originated “Split” along with the Purge, Insidious and Paranormal Activity franchises.

“Split” scored a similar number with $2 million in its Thursday night previews on Jan. 20 on its way to a $40 million opening weekend. The M. Night Shyamalan vehicle, starring James McAvoy, has topped $126 million at the domestic box office.

Warner Bros.’ “The Lego Batman Movie” could retain the top spot during the Academy Awards weekend with a forecast of about $20 million. The animated hit has held first place for two consecutive weekends.

Universal’s third weekend of “Fifty Shades Darker” and Lionsgate’s third outing of “John Wick: Chapter 2” will likely be battling for third place in the $10 million range.

Open Road’s “Collide,” an action thriller with Nicholas Hoult and Felicity Jones, is expected to launch quietly with a $3 million to $5 million opening when it hits 2,045 locations, a muted result for the $21 million film. IM Global partnered with China’s DMG on financing the film and limited its financial exposure through foreign pre-sales. The picture was originally set up at Relativity Media, but left the company during its financial collapse.

The animated “Rock Dog” will also open at 2,077 locations and should take in about $5 million. The story centers on a Tibetan Mastiff who dreams of making it in the music world. It’s a Chinese-American co-production with backing from Huayi Brothers, and carries a $60 million price tag. Lionsgate is handling U.S. distribution.

Fox’s “Hidden Figures,” with a trio of Academy Awards nominations, is the top performer among awards season contenders with $146 million domestically. Lionsgate’s “La La Land,” with a record-tying 14 Oscar nominations, has topped $135 million at the U.S. box office.

Popular on Variety

More Film

  • 'Lost in London' film rehearsals, at

    AFM: Germany's Tiberius Acquires Woody Harrelson's Comedy 'Lost in London' (EXCLUSIVE)

    German distributor Tiberius Film has acquired the local rights to Woody Harrelson’s comedy “Lost in London” at the American Film Market, as well as two films from Russian producer Central Partnership – action movie “The Ninth” and horror thriller “The Widow.” “Lost in London,” Harrelson’s directorial debut, was experimental. It was shot over a single [...]

  • Coming to America

    Eddie Murphy on Making 'Coming to America' Sequel: 'I'm Just Over the Moon'

    Eddie Murphy revealed how he chose his “Dolemite Is My Name” director Craig Brewer to helm his “Coming to America” sequel. Murphy, who starred in and created the story for the original 1988 romantic comedy, chatted about “Coming to America” — and much more — with former co-star Antonio Banderas for “Variety Studio: Actors on [...]

  • Antonio Banderas Actors on Actors

    Antonio Banderas Reveals How His Priorities Changed After His Heart Attack

    Antonio Banderas used his recent heart attack to fuel his performance in Pedro Almodóvar’s film “Pain and Glory.” Banderas — who suffered a cardiac arrest two years ago — discussed how it fueled his performances and changed his priorities during a conversation with former co-star Eddie Murphy (“Dolemite Is My Name”) for “Variety Studio: Actors [...]

  • Robert Pattinson Twilight Was Weird

    Robert Pattinson Finds the Whole ‘Twilight’ Premise 'Weird'

    While speaking with Jennifer Lopez for Variety’s Actors on Actors series, Robert Pattinson confessed that the blockbuster “Twilight” series always struck him as a profoundly “weird” saga. “It’s a weird story, ‘Twilight.’ It’s not just like – it’s strange how people responded a lot to it. I guess the books are very romantic, but at [...]

  • Robert Pattinson

    Robert Pattinson Says Actors Only Go Method When They’re Playing A--holes

    Robert Pattinson is no fan of method acting, as he told Jennifer Lopez during an interview for Variety’s Actors on Actors series. Discussing his work in the nightmarish drama “The Lighthouse,” Pattinson revealed the psychological challenges that come with playing a character who slowly descends into madness. “It was a kind of no limit part, [...]

  • Jennifer Lopez Batman Actors on Actors

    Robert Pattinson Thinks Jennifer Lopez Would Make an 'Awesome' Batman

    From his iconic portrayal of a lovestruck vampire in the “Twilight” series to his latest role as a disturbed lighthouse keeper in director Robert Eggers’ frightening drama “The Lighthouse,” it’s clear that Robert Pattinson is drawn to playing dark and brooding characters. While that might make his casting as Bruce Wayne in Matt Reeves’ upcoming [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content