Lately, it seems every conversation I hear between friends eventually meanders to "Did you see Get Out yet?" So it's really not surprising that Jordan Peele's Get Out has already grossed $100 million. But the news is also exciting because due to Get Out's popularity (I mean, have you seen it?) Jordan Peele has become the first black-writer director to gross $100 million with his feature debut. As the man has proven himself to be a master writer, it's also no surprise that Peele also had the best response to Get Out's accomplishment.
Wilson Morales of BlackFilm tweeted the impressive news with the simple words, "
#getout Crosses $100M At Box Office, Making @JordanPeele 1st Black Writer-Director To Do So." Peele shared Morales' article with the firm words, "First of many." Later, to clarify he proceeded to tweet, "Meaning I won't be the last." Peele's statements seems ripped out of a How To Be A Role Model book. Instead of dwelling on how awesome he is and how obsessed with his film the world is (which he has every right to do) he's encouraging other creators out there who aspire to achieve a similar goal.
For those who haven't seen the film, Get Out is a comedy horror that satirizes racial divides and tension. It's Guess Who's Coming To Dinner meets The Amityville Horror when African American Chris and his white girlfriend Rose visit her cringe-worthy family and friends for the weekend in the New York suburbs. At first, Chris thinks the family is being overly friendly to over-compensate for their discomfort with an interracial relationship, but as the weekend gets creepier and creepier, he begins to realize there's something way more sinister going on at the Armitage house. The movie, which by the way, has a 99% on Rotten Tomatoes, is the perfect blend of uneasiness, uncomfortable humor, and downright spookiness.
Congratulations to Jordan Peele, his cast, and crew — movies don't get 99% on Rotten Tomatoes for nothing. Every penny of the $100 million (and surely more to come) is so well deserved.