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Jordan Peele Just Became the First Black Writer-Director With a $100M Movie Debut

Over the weekend, “Get Out” director Jordan Peele quietly made history when he became the first African-American writer-director to earn $100 million with his debut movie.

In its third weekend of release, the thriller continued to win despite strong competition from two big movies, “Logan” and “Kong: Skull Island.” The film only saw a 25 percent drop off from the previous weekend to hold to an estimated $21 million, bringing its domestic amount to an estimated $111 million.

The last movie with a black director to reach the $100 million mark was F. Gary Gray’s “Straight Outta Compton” in 2015. That film had much more resources and people involved in its making than “Get Out.” It was written by Andrea Berloff and Jonathan Herman, given a $50 million budget, and had the added appeal of being based on the rise of the legendary rap group N.W.A., with its most prominent members, Dr. Dre and Ice Cube, attached as producers.

Congratulations to Jordan!


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