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Jordan Peele’s ‘Get Out’ Just Crossed The $100 Million Mark. Here’s Why That’s A Big Deal.

“I won’t be the last.”

Jordan Peele just made history. With Get Out surpassing the $100 million mark at the box office over the weekend, he became the first Black writer-director to do so with their feature film debut.

Made on a budget of $4.5 million, according to Box Office Mojo, the horror-satire has been breaking earnings expectations since being released on February 24. As The Wrap notes, Get Out is going up against tough competition with Logan and Kong: Skull Island on the big screen.


Get Out follows Chris (Daniel Kaluuya), a young Black man, who goes out to the country to visit the family of his White girlfriend, Rose (Allison Williams). What happens next is both goosebumps-inducing and jaw-dropping, resulting in you most likely screaming — you guessed it — "get out" at the screen numerous times.

The film — which once held a coveted 100 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes but now sits steady at an impressive 99 percent — has proven to be a word-of-mouth hit and one that is driving conversation both online and at the water cooler.

Get Out's success is just the latest milestone that seems to be indicating a positive uptick for diversity in Hollywood. Not only did Moonlight become the first LGBTQ film and the first film with an all-Black cast to win Best Picture at the Oscars, but Selma director Ava DuVernay is the first woman of color — only the third woman ever — to direct a film, 2018's A Wrinkle in Time, with a budget of more than $100 million.

Peele, fresh off his Emmy-winning sketch comedy show Key & Peele with Keegan-Michael Key, is taking this monumental achievement in stride, writing on Twitter that he's the "first of many," and later clarifying "meaning I won't be the last."

Check out Peele's Instagram for some epic fan art inspired by Get Out and be sure to catch it in theaters.

Cover image: Jordan Peele / Twitter

Peele's success story isn't the only one hitting Hollywood. Check out the video below for even more:


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