'Get Out' surges ahead on Oscar weekend

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The drama this weekend was all up on the Dolby Theatre stage, as an Oscars snafu had presenters Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway announcing the wrong Best Picture recipient. But Moonlight wasn’t the only big winner: Jordan Peele’s directorial debut Get Out exceeded expectations to the tune of a $30.5 million opening haul. That’s the fourth highest opening of the year so far, behind only The LEGO Batman Movie ($53 million), Fifty Shades Darker ($46.6 million) and Split ($40 million). In true Blumhouse fashion, Get Out’s production budget was on the slender side at a mere $4.5 million.

With not much else on offer by way of new wide releases, the rest of the top five went to holdovers: The LEGO Batman Movie (weekend gross $19 million, total gross $133 million), John Wick Chapter 2 (weekend gross $9 million, total gross $74.4 million), The Great Wall (weekend gross $8.7 million, total gross $34.4 million) and Fifty Shades Darker (weekend gross $7.7 million, total gross $103.6 million). 

And how about those other new movies? Well, Rock Dog landed in spot number 11 with a $3.7 million gross on 2,077 screens. That’s ruff. The long-delayed actioner Collide, which distributor Open Road Films presumably dumped into theatres now in an attempt to capitalize on the risings profiles of stars Nicholas Hoult and Felicity Jones, brought in only a mil and a half on 2,045 screens. And that’s probably the last you’ll hear of either film ever again.

Meanwhile, the last week or so has seen Hidden Figures (total gross $152.8 million) push ahead of La La Land ($140.8 million) to become the year’s highest-grossing Best Picture Oscar nominee.

Out in limited releases were historical drama Bitter Harvest ($207,235 on 127 screens) and Best Animated Feature Oscar nominee My Life as a Zucchini ($28,206 on two screens, for the weekend’s highest per-theatre average.)