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Blacks, whites like 'Get Out'

Published:Tuesday | February 28, 2017 | 2:00 AM
Taraji P. Henson (second row, left), Octavia Spencer (first row, centre) and Janelle Monae (second row, right) in the movie 'Hidden Figures'.
Academy Award winner Matt Damon stars in 'The Great Wall'.
Jamie Dornan (left) and Dakota Johnson return as Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele respectively in ‘Fifty Shades Darker’.
Jordan Peele poses for a portrait at the SLS Hotel in Los Angeles.
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LOS ANGELES (AP):

Great reviews and buzz propelled comedian Jordan Peele's directorial debut, the micro-budget thriller Get Out to a chart-topping opening weekend with US$30.5 million, according to studio estimates Sunday.

According to exit polls, African Americans comprised an estimated 39 per cent of the opening weekend audiences, while Caucasians made up 36 per cent, and a whopping 49 per cent were under the age of 25.

The Blumhouse-produced and Universal Pictures-distributed film cost an estimated US$4.5 million to make. Get Out has a 100 per cent rating on Rotten Tomatoes, which is extremely rare for a thriller and only added to the excitement going into the weekend, said Universal President of Domestic Theatrical Distribution Nick Carpou.

ComScore senior media analyst Paul Dergarabedian predicts the film will also have staying power in the marketplace. "Social media is going to keep this movie front and centre," Dergarabedian said.

1. Get Out, US$30.5m

2. The LEGO Batman Movie, US$19m (US$12.9m international)

3. John Wick: Chapter 2, US$9m (US$13.1m international)

4. The Great Wall, US$8.7m (US$14.6m international)

5. Fifty Shades Darker, US$7.7m ($19.8 million international)

6. Fist Fight, US$6.4m (US$1.3m international)

7. Hidden Figures, US$5.9m (US$5.7m international)

8. La La Land, US$4.6m (US$14.4m international)

9. Split, US$4.1m (US$17.3m international)

10. Lion, US$3.8m (US$6.8m international)