Jordan Peele's 'Get Out' Is Now The Highest Grossing Film For An Original Screenplay
Get Out, Jordan Peele‘s uber-successful horror-thriller, has reached another milestone as the film has become the highest grossing debut project for a writer-director with an original screenplay.
Guess that is enough to make one give us sketch comedy, no?
The previous record was held by Daniel Myrick and Eduardo Sanchez who co-wrote and directed 1999’s The Blair Witch Project. Created on a $60,000 budget, the psychological horror film would go on to rake in $140 million at the U.S. box office and a worldwide total of $250 million.
Jordan Peele’s film, which has just begun playing in theaters overseas, has a worldwide gross of $156 million and growing. On a $4.6 million budget to make, Get Out made $34 million in its opening weekend, and before it was there for a month, Peele became the first African American writer-director to earn $100 million in his debut film.
Peele, who was honored as Director of the Year at CinemaCon, showed that he has “instantaneously become a force to reckon with as a gifted and enormously talented director and filmmaker,” Mitch Neuhauser, CinemaCon Managing Director, said in a statement. “He has audiences and critics around the globe enamored and spellbound, dare I say hypnotized, with his wildly inventive directorial debut, and we are ecstatic to be honoring him as this year’s ‘Director of the Year.'”
For the two of you who still haven’t seen Get Out, the film stars Daniel Kaluuya as Chris, a black man who has been dating a white woman, Rose (Allison Williams), who has yet to tell her parents about his race. The couple plan a trip to meet her parents for a weekend getaway upstate with her folks, but he eventually finds out that there is more than just racial tension awaiting him.