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‘Get Out’ Conquers Oscar Weekend Box Office With $30.5 Million

”The Lego Batman Movie“ and three other holdovers round out the top five as the box office prepares for a busy March

“Get Out” has exceeded box office expectations in its opening weekend, passing tracker projections of $24 million to reach an estimated $30.5 million from 2,781 screen and take the top spot at the box office.

Strong word of mouth, led by the Universal/Blumhouse horror film’s 100 percent Rotten Tomatoes rating and A- CinemaScore, has given “Get Out” more and more steam as the weekend has progressed, though it is expected to see its Sunday totals take a drop due to the Academy Awards airing.

“The Lego Batman Movie” finished in a distant second, making an estimated $18.7 million in its third weekend. That’s a 43 percent drop from the animated film’s strong President’s Day weekend total, but it’s enough to bring its domestic total to $132 million.

Holdovers filled out the rest of the top five. “John Wick: Chapter 2” will take third place this weekend with $9 million, bringing its domestic total to $74 million. That pushes the Keanu Reeves sequel’s worldwide gross over $100 million this weekend, having already blown by its predecessor’s worldwide total of $88 million.

“The Great Wall” will come in fourth, making an estimated $8.7 million in its second week. “Fifty Shades Darker” will fall from second place last week to fifth place this week with an estimated $7.7 million. It’s still a good week for the E.L. James sequel, as it now has over $100 million domestic and $300 million worldwide.

Aside from “Get Out,” it’s been a quiet weekend at movie theaters. The other two new releases this weekend, Open Road’s “Collide” and Lionsgate’s “Rock Dog,” finished outside the top ten. “Collide,” which stars Nicholas Hoult as an American backpacker who gets in trouble with German drug lords, only made an estimated. $1.5 million from 2,045 screens against a $29.5 million budget. The film scored 24 percent on Rotten Tomatoes and received a C+ from CinemaScore.

“Rock Dog,” a $60 million Chinese-American animated film that bombed overseas, won’t fare much better with an estimated $3.5 million weekend from 2,077 screens. The film, which stars Luke Wilson as a Tibetan Mastiff who yearns for stardom as a rock musician in the big city, scored 46 percent on the Tomatometer and a B+ on CinemaScore.

Next weekend marks the start of a busy month at the box office, as studios sent out several major releases including “Logan,” “Beauty and the Beast” and “Kong: Skull Island.” “Logan” will be the first to hit the big screen, as early projections see Hugh Jackman’s R-rated Wolverine finale making $60 million.