Box Office: “Get Out” replaces “LEGO,” “Rock Dog” bombs

getoutThe smartest horror movie in ages — one with a satiric edge and political bite one with a satiric edge and political bite — owns the box office this weekend.

“Get Out” rolled up almost $2 million Thursday night, blew up Friday and seems headed to a $27-28 million opening weekend, based on those numbers.

For a movie whose biggest stars are Catherine Keener, Bradley Whitford and Brian Williams’ skinny daughter, that’s money in the bank.

If you’ve been tempted, over the years, to refer to Keegan Michael Key as “the funny one” of Key and Peele, Jordan Peele, the writer-director of “Get Out” is worth a better label now — “The Brilliant One.”

“Get Out” didn’t open as well as “Split,” which cleared $33 million when it hit screens back in January. But for a horror picture to clear $25 — especially one without anything brand-name about it — is very impressive.

That opening weekend take was enough to dethrone “The LEGO Batman Movie,” which has made well over $100 million and adds another $16 or so this weekend.

“Fifty Shades” is still bringing in closet female porn fans. “John Wick Chapter 2” is closing in on $100 million.

“Rock Dog,” a pricey Chinese cartoon about a Tibetan dog who longs to play power chords, opens at just $3-4.

boxThe under-publicized “Collide” may have Oscar winner Anthony Hopkins, but if you don’t preview it for critics few people know about it. It opened very wide and didn’t even crack the Top Ten.

“Hidden Figures,” “La La Land” and “Lion” are the only Oscar contenders to stay in the top ten. That could change if a “Manchester by the Sea” or some other best picture dark horse collects a lot of wins Sunday night.


About Roger Moore

Movie Critic, formerly with McClatchy-Tribune News Service, Orlando Sentinel, published in Spin Magazine, The World and now published here, Orlando Magazine, Autoweek Magazine
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