“Get Out,” Jordan Peele‘s very successful horror-thriller movie, has reached another milestone as the film has become the highest-grossing debut project for a writer-director with an original screenplay.
The movie has beaten a nearly 20-year record, which was held by Daniel Myrick and Eduardo Sanchez who co-wrote and directed 1999’s The Blair Witch Project. Created on a $60,000 budget, the psychological horror film Blair Witch would go on to rake in $140 million at the U.S. box office and a worldwide total of $250 million.
“Get Out” has earned a nearly perfect score on Rotten Tomatoes while raking in over $150-million in domestic sales so far. The Blair Witch Project made about $140-million total in the United States. Jordan Peele has also become the first African-American writer-director to earn $100-million on their debut film.
“Get Out,” which was made on a $4.6-million budget, has been presented as another example of how successful diverse stories can be. The film stars Daniel Kaluuya as Chris, a black man who has been dating a white woman, Rose (Allison Williams), who has yet to tell her parents about his race. The couple plan a trip to meet her parents for a weekend getaway upstate with her folks, but he eventually finds out that there is more than just racial tension awaiting him.