A rare 100 percent on Rotten Tomatoes was more than enough to launch this week's buzzed-about horror film to the top of the box office charts.
In first is Get Out (read our review), which far exceeded even the rosiest expectations and grossed a whopping $30.5 million during its first three days. The film, directed by Jordan Peele of Key and Peele fame, earned widespread critical acclaim, and continues to hold on to its perfect score on review aggregate sites, which certainly helped its commercial prospects. Without any real established stars in its cast, Get Out is a prime example of the power of word-of-mouth, and how an enthusiastic response can make the smallest projects a breakout sleeper hit. The film, which cost just $4.5 million to produce, has already turned an excellent profit for Universal.
It will be interesting to see how Get Out holds up over the next few weeks. While it doesn't have any other horror films to deal with, March sees an unusually high number of high-profile blockbusters including Logan, Kong: Skull Island, and Beauty and the Beast. While it's unlikely to best any of those anticipated works, Get Out should continue to do very well for itself, especially as it rides the wave of positive momentum. It's not every day a movie gets literally 0 negative reviews, and people will want to see what all the hype is about.
Coming in second is The LEGO Batman Movie, which made $19 million in its third weekend. The animated spinoff is now up to $133 million domestically and has received a nice boost from the international markets. Its global total currently stands at $226 million, far surpassing the $80 million production budget.
The #3 film this week is John Wick: Chapter 2. The action sequel brought in $9 million, raising its Stateside total to $74.4 million.
In fourth is The Great Wall, which made $8.7 million in its second weekend. The Matt Damon vehicle has failed to impress domestically, and has made only $34.4 million in the States so far.
Rounding out the top five is Fifty Shades Darker, falling from second place last week. The film took a massive 62 percent hit in ticket sales, grossing $7.7 million in its third weekend. Its domestic haul is $103.6 million.
Fist Fight is sixth with $6.3 million. The comedy is now up to $23.2 million in the U.S.
Best Picture nominee Hidden Figures took advantage of its awards contention to come in seventh with $5.8 million. The space race drama has now made $152.8 million domestically.
Speaking of the Oscars, heavy favorite La La Land finished in eighth this weekend, grossing $4.6 million. Damien Chazelle's acclaimed musical is up to $140.8 million in the U.S.
The #9 movie is Split. M. Night Shyamalan's latest thriller added $4.1 million to its haul, raising its domestic total to $130.8 million.
Capping off the top 10 is Lion. Another Best Picture contender, the drama made $3.8 million and now stands at $42.8 million domestically.
[NOTE: These are only weekend box office estimates -- based on Friday and Saturday ticket sales coupled with adjusted expectations for Sunday. Official weekend box office results will be released on Monday, February 27 -- at which time we'll update this post with any changes.]
Source: Box Office Mojo