Jordan Peele named first African American writer-director to have $100 million debut with ‘Get Out’
A massive congratulations are in order for Jordan Peele and the rest of the Get Out team: Get Out has earned more than $100 million at the box office, making Peele the first African-American writer-director to do so with his debut feature film. (via Blackfilm.com)
Peele posted to Twitter with appreciation, saying this is just a start. “First of many,” he says.
Blackfilm.com says that there have been numerous African American directors that have had their feature debut over $100 million, including 2003’s S.W.A.T, but this is the first with an original screenplay.
Deadline even reports that Get Out is the fastest Blumhouse title to hit the $100 million mark, just after 16 days.
This isn’t the first massive success that the film has seen. It had received the coveted 100 percent score on Rotten Tomatoes, being one of only four movies in 2016 received that high of a rating, according to The Huffington Post. It currently holds a 99 percent score.
Originally, Get Out dealt with "the fears of being an outsider," but morphed into focusing on race.
On the choice, Peele says: "It just seemed to be a very taboo piece of the discussion to talk about something so horrific as racism in any type of genre other than a film about slavery or something."
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