by Mike Winslow
(AllHipHop News) Jordan Peele has made history as the first African-American writer/director to cross $200 million at the box office with his film “Get Out.”
The movie’s earnings now sit at $204.3 million worldwide, after hitting the milestone on Sunday. The film is now $3 million away from passing the record for the highest-grossing debut from an African-American director.
Clark Johnson’s 2003 film “S.W.A.T.” currently holds the record, according to TheWrap.com.
The box office news comes a few days after it was revealed that Jordan signed an exclusive first-look production deal with bosses at Universal Pictures.
“Through extraordinary imagination and fearless humor, Jordan has proven himself to be a game-changer who is driven to tell stories that are as commercially entertaining as they are disruptive and provocative,” Universal chairman Donna Langley wrote in a statement released to The Hollywood Reporter. “The entire Universal family takes great pride in his incomparable filmmaking debut, and feel fortunate that this studio will be Jordan’s home for many years to come.”
Peele is following up “Get Out” with a social thriller in the vein of his racial horror picture, which was made with a production budget of only $4.5 million.
He will write, direct and produce the project under his Monkeypaw Productions banner.
Jordan’s forthcoming project will have a budget about five times that of “Get Out” and he is looking to put the extra funds to good use.
“I am thrilled to continue the work we started together on ‘Get Out’ – pushing the boundaries of storytelling, not only on the next film but with all of Monkeypaw’s future projects,” Peele said of his new deal.