‘Get Out’ Wins Weekend As Universal Dominates 2017

By February 26, 2017

Jordan Peele’s debut as a horror director was a successful one as Get Out won not only the weekend for himself, but gave yet another win to Universal Pictures, which has dominated the movie scene in 2017 so far.

Get Out earned $30.5 million, according to early box office estimates from The Numbers. That easily knocked The Lego Batman Movie out of the top spot it held for the last two weeks, although its $19 million weekend has brought its 17-day total to $133 million.

Peele is probably best known for his comic acting work on series like Fox’s MadTV and Comedy Central’s Key & Peele with fellow comedian Keegan-Michael Key. In his first-ever attempt at directing, however, Peele went for something outside his wheelhouse – horror. And it was a success.

Not only did it rule the weekend box office, but it’s one of the best-reviewed movies of the year so far, according to Rotten Tomatoes. As of Sunday, the film has impressed all 135 critics the website has surveyed, giving the film not only just a rare 100 percent for a horror film, but a rare 100 percent overall.

John Wick: Chapter 2 stayed in third place with $9 million. Its 17-day total is now $74.4 million, just shy of its total global gross of the first film, John Wick, in 2014.

Fifty Shades Darker probably had the biggest fall of all the recent films, despite crossing the $100 million mark domestically. The sequel earned $7.7 million to finish in fifth in early estimates, behind the second week of Matt Damon’s The Great Wall.

Two other new wide releases – Rock Dog from Lionsgate and Collide from Open Road Films, sputtered at the box office. Rock Dog, an animated feature that originated from China, earned just $3.7 million in its debut, while Collide limped in to $1.5 million. Both films finished outside the top 10.

The top five films of the week earned $74.9 million, up more than 11 percent from this time last year when Deadpool was still leading the box office with $31.1 million in its third week, and Gods of Egypt debuted with a weak $14.1 million.

Despite the improved performance the past two weeks at the box office, the top five films continue to trend behind how theaters did a year ago by nearly 13 percent – $92.1 million this year compared to $105.8 million in 2016.

Next weekend will likely give Twentieth Century Fox its first weekend win since Hidden Figures finished at top at the beginning of the year. That’s because the final film of Wolverine (and of Professor X) will debut, Logan, starring Hugh Jackman and Patrick Stewart. The film already was trending strong in early box office tracking, and is expected to easily win the first weekend of March.

Also opening wide are two more entries from Lionsgate and Open Road – The Shack starring Sam Worthington and Octavia Spencer, and the somewhat Groundhog Day-inspired Before I Fall.

It’s the same weekend a year ago that Zootopia premiered to $75.1 million over London Has Fallen, leading to a box office yield of $126.1 million between the top five films.

Universal continues to strong-arm the box office early on thanks to hits like Get OutSplit and even Fifty Shades Darker. The studio has earned $458.2 million over seven films so far, well ahead of Lionsgate in second place with $219.2 million, according to The Numbers.

Universal is averaging $65.5 million per film so far, while Lionsgate is managing $36.5 million. Fox, however, could make a tremendous dent in all of that this coming weekend with Logan. The studio is currently third this year $201.1 million over six films.

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Michael Hinman

Michael Hinman

Managing Editor at GeekNation
Michael began what has become nearly 19 years of entertainment reporting as the founder of SyFy Portal, which would become Airlock Alpha after he sold the SyFy brand to NBC Universal. He's based out of New York City where he is the editor of a Pulitzer Prize-winning newspaper in the Bronx.