Get Out cruises past LEGO Batman to take over the U.S. box office in its opening weekend.

The good news just keeps on coming for comedian Jordan Peele and his directorial debut, Get Out. The race-conscious thriller flick – which we reviewed – took the weekend box office in the U.S. by raking in $30.5 million in its opening weekend.

It’s a nice win for Peele and a bigger win for Universal Pictures and Blumhouse Productions, especially considering Get Out’s budget was less than $5 million and that the movie has held stead with a “100% fresh” approval rating on movie critic website Rotten Tomatoes. Get Out bumped previous leader The LEGO Batman Movie down to #2, which garnered an additional $19 million in its third weekend to bring its domestic total thus far to $226 million.

Though Hollywood typically holds off on major releases during Oscar weekend, Oscar weekend 2017 was a rare exception, with Get Out, the family movie Rock Dog, and the action-thriller Collide all opening this weekend. Of the three, however, Get Out had the biggest take by a landslide and was the only movie to finish in the Top 10 for the weekend: Rock Dog racked up $3.7 million, while Collide was on pace to make¬†only $1.5 million dollars by weekend’s close.

Rounding out the top five movies for the U.S. box office this weekend, were John Wick: Chapter Two at #3 ($9 million, bringing its domestic total up to $34.4 million thus far); the controversial Matt Damon action-flick The Great Wall at #4 in its second weekend ($8.7 million); and Fifty Shades Darker at #5 ($7.7 million, pushing its domestic box office over the $100 million mark).

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