The success thus far of Jordan Peele's celebrated horror film Get Out at the box office, however, suggests a hugely promising trend, especially considering the movie does not feature a single marquee name. Get Out scored 100 percent from its reviews, earning it a coveted title within the movie industry that few have matched.
The movie from the comedian-turned-director obliterated industry expectations with a studio-estimated $30.5 million in ticket sales in the US and Canada from Friday through Sunday, easily unseating "The Lego Batman Movie" as the No. 1 domestic film.
The movie also did well in the worldwide territory with $72 million after bringing in an estimated $21.5 million from 62 markets. What's even more impressive is that total represents more than six times its meager budget of $4.5 million. Earlier this year, Blumhouse fronted the domestic box office for three straight weeks with its M. Night Shyamalan thriller Split. Written and directed by Jordan Peele - best known as half of the comedy duo Key & Peele - the film stars Daniel Kaluuya, whose credits include "Sicario" and "Black Mirror".
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Sequels followed, including the better-than-the-original X2: X-Men United and the underwhelming X-Men Origins: Wolverine. The new "X-Men" film is a follow up to 2016's "X-Men: Apocalypse ".
Fifty Shades Darker rounds out the new top five at five with $7.7 million (£6.2 million). Smashing those expectations, it has brought in an estimated $30.5 million, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Two other films - animated family film Rock Dog and the long-delayed action film Collide, starring Nicholas Hoult and Felicity Jones - also open wide this weekend.
John Wick: Chapter 2 - a sequel to the 2014 cult classic John Wick - climbs one rung on the domestic ladder, vaulting from No. 4 to No. 3 for a third weekend gross of $9 million.
All current box office estimates are provided to Mashable by comScore and all historical data is sourced from BoxOfficeMojo.