Just sixteen days after its release, Jordan Peele’s Get Out — which is currently enjoying a rare 99 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes — has officially broken the $100 million mark, becoming the fastest Blumhouse title to reach the milestone in the production company’s history. The box office success is even more impressive considering the film cost just $4.5 million to make; contrast that with newly released blockbuster Kong: Skull Island, which had a budget of $185 million.
Founded by Jason Blum in 2000, Blumhouse is behind some of the most successful and innovative horror movies of the past fifteen years, including the Paranormal Activity franchise, the Purge films, and, more recently, Ouija: Origin of Evil. As Deadline points out, it’s extremely rare for any genre film to continue gaining steam after its second week, when box-office sales usually start to drop.
But Get Out — which stars Daniel Kaluuya as a young black man who reluctantly treks to the suburbs to visit his white girlfriend’s (Alison Williams) family for the first time — is no ordinary horror film. As our own Jason Bailey wrote in his review, Peele’s directorial debut “mixes horror, comedy, and social commentary with astonishing confidence and skill.” It’s an astoundingly assured first film, a tightly plotted and perfectly paced social thriller that holds up to multiple viewings.