Get Out, Jordan Peele‘s uber-successful horror-thriller, has reached another milestone as the film has become the highest grossing debut project for a writer-director with an original screenplay.
The previous record 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 would go on to rake in $140 million at the U.S. box office and a worldwide total of $250 million.
Jordan Peele’s film, which has just begun playing in theaters overseas, has a worldwide gross of $156 million and growing. On a $4.6 million budget to make, Get Out made $34 million in its opening weekend, and before it was there for a month, Peele became the first African American writer-director to earn $100 million in his debut film.
Peele, who was honored as Director of the Year at CinemaCon, showed that he has “instantaneously become a force to reckon with as a gifted and enormously talented director and filmmaker,” Mitch Neuhauser, CinemaCon Managing Director, said in a statement. “He has audiences and critics around the globe enamored and spellbound, dare I say hypnotized, with his wildly inventive directorial debut, and we are ecstatic to be honoring him as this year’s ‘Director of the Year.’”