Forbes has just revealed that Jonathan Peele's film Get Out is now the third-biggest R-rated horror film of all time, behind only Hannibal ($165 million in 2001) and The Exorcist ($232m including reissues).
Get Out‘s success is, quite simply, extraordinary. It continues to do things that are generally unheard of for low-budget, early-year releases without big star ... It is the first black writer-director helmed film with a $100-million film debut. It dropped just 15% in its second weekend (most horror films drop around 60%) and was the highest-grossing film in the US for Blumhouse Productions.
Worldwide it has a gross-to-date taking of $167,595,710 on a $4.5million budget, that's huge and the profit number is still increasing. Its foreign takings from 11 countries as of April 4th is $10,393,010 .
That said, this is a milestone for a low budget film by a black filmmaker and a huge success worldwide without the big Hollywood machine behind it. That is something worth celebrating.