Is Get Out set to be 2017's first surprise horror hit?

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Expectations for the film were set in the upper $20 millions, which would have been enough on its own to scare off the stale yet amiable hijinks of The LEGO Batman Movie.

Get Out is directed and written by Jordan Peele, of Key & Peele fame. The thriller stars Allison Williams and Daniel Kaluuya. He does alert her that taking the black boyfriend may have been a detail she wanted to release to her parents before the trip, but she thinks otherwise.

The film assumes its audience is aware of the many racial conflicts now going on in America, and leaves its viewers to draw their own conclusions. The cop asks for Chris's license even though he wasn't driving, and you immediately sense danger: Chris is passengering-and-dating-white-while-black in an area that looks like a place where black men were noosed up on oak for a whole lot less. The fears of being any person who feels like they're a stranger in any environment that is foreign to them.

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"I$3 literally thought this was an unproduceable movie because people seem to be afraid to take race on".

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'How black people handle racism is kind of sometimes really f***ing amusing, ' he told W Magazine. That dynamic in itself is unsettling. I'm not so presumptuous or naive as to claim that their enthusiasm for watching Chris triumph over those who would literally strip him of his humanity is strictly a result of millennials/Gen Z being fully "woke" when it comes to racism. "It's very disorienting to be aware of certain dynamics". Discovering Peele opted to make a horror film instead of a comedy was a bit of a head-scratcher, but upon seeing the film it's clear that it was the right choice. The very real, authentically frightening, practice of white Americans brutally harvesting the culture and bodies of black people didn't require much adjustment to produce a horror film.

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It seems a key part of what is making "Get Out" such a talking point is the real-world resonance of its premise.

But with a story that manages to connect the dots between terror and comedy, it's a whole new sort of movie.

It's not a good time to be young in America and, arguably, it's never been a good time to be black in America, so to see a movie in which a young black man beats the odds stacked against him by society, especially in 2017, is something worth cheering about. Industry projections see a third weekend for the animated title between $16M-$18M, but if it overperforms due to matinees, it could invade Get Out's turf. With Get Out, the entire discussion is reframed and perhaps we can finally have it. It's become such a trope, in fact, that more than a handful of websites have dedicated themselves to proving or disproving the notion of what one site calls "The Black Death".

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