Jordan Peele’s Get Out may have only opened this Thursday, but it’s already dominating the box office.
At the close of Friday’s box office, sales totaled a whopping $10.8 million. And now it’s estimated that the horror-comedy will close out the weekend in the top spot with around $28.5 million.
Get Out, which stars the always impressive Daniel Kaluuya, is Peele’s directorial debut and provides a thought-provoking narrative about what it means to be black in a predominately white society.
As a horror film, Get Out completely flips the switch on a genre that’s so often dominated by white talent. And as a result, it’s getting rave reviews from movie-goers across the board.
That’s not to say the film isn’t without controversy. According to Mic.com, some viewers have called the film “anti-white” and “racist” for its portrayal of white characters. In fact, Rotten Tomatoes has been swamped with user comments about the racial aspect of the film.
In an industry that so often portrays people of color as negative stereotypes, perhaps this is exactly the kind of dialogue film critics and audiences need to have.
Check out the trailer for Get Out: