The accolades just keep rolling in for Jordan Peele and his breakout horror flick, Get Out. First it garnered a rare 100 percent approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes, then it pulled in more than $100M at the box office after its third weekend.
The fete has now made Peele the first African-American writer-director to surpass the triple digit mark with a debut film. Peele, who is most well-known as half of the comedy duo Key and Peele, wrote on Twitter that he’s “the first of many” such black writer-directors to hit that $100 million debut target. Then, he added, “meaning I won’t be the last.”
Other black directors have seen their feature debuts go on to earn $100 million — Clark Johnson’s 2003 film S.W.A.T. grossed nearly $117 million — but none have done it with their own screenplays.
Peele wrote, produced and directed the racially charged thriller and told HipHollywood it was his goal to appease black audiences, and give them the scary movie they’ve been longing for.
“This is a movie where you are supposed to yell at the screen … Black horror audience, we are a loyal movie audience. We go, we come out, and there hasn’t been enough representation. Not just having black characters, and protagonist …I wanted to make a movie where they did the smart thing.”
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