Jordan Peele Is First Black Writer-Director To Have A $100M Movie Debut

March 14, 2017  |  

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The comedy horror flick “Get Out” has become almost an instant phenomenon. There are comedy skits, Gifs galore, and most of all, people flocking to the theaters for the thriller written and directed by comedian Jordan Peele, and now it’s made film history. Peele has become the first African-American writer-director to have a $100 million movie debut.

In fact, “Get Out,” has been surpassing well-financed, big studio films like “King Kong” and “Logan.” This past weekend, “Get Out” pulled in an estimated $21 million, making its box office take so far a whopping $111 million. On it’s opening weekend it earned $34 million.

“What makes this particularly impressive is not just the fact that Peele did all this with a relatively unknown cast and a movie budget of just $4 million but also the fact that horror movies generally bank most of their money on the opening weekend,” reported The Grio.

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