Jordan Peele Makes History with Directing Debut

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Hollywood’s latest success story, Get Out, has seen it enter the history books: its director Jordan Peele has become the first black writer-director to earn more than $100 million (£82m) at the box office with a debut feature.

The racially-charged horror film, which has been receiving unanimous acclaim from critics and cinemagoers alike, has undoubtedly captured the zeitgeist seeing its modest budget of $4.5 million reach nine figures after just three weeks, The Wrap reports.

Get Out stars Daniel Kaluuya as a photographer who visits his caucasian girlfriend’s mysterious estate. Once there, things begin to go awry.

The film is produced by studio Blumhouse and is its second mammoth hit of the year so far following M. Night Shyamalan’s horror thriller Split which earned almost $250 million worldwide on a budget of just $9 million.

Peele is the co-creator of sketch show Key & Peele which he stars in alongside Keegan Michael-Key. Get Out is released in the UK on 17 March.

Kaluuya, who has previously appeared in Black Mirror and Sicario, recently responded to Samuel L. Jackson’s comments that black British actors were taking away roles from African-Americans.