Posted February 26, 2017 by Tim HayneBy Brent Lang
LOS ANGELES, Feb 26 (Variety.com) – “Get Out,” a trenchant horror film about race relations, rode critical raves to a smashing box office debut. Its success comes as most of the movie business’ gaze is affixed on the Dolby Theater, where the Academy Awards will unfold on Sunday, with “La La Land” expected to be the night’s big winner.With “Get Out” galvanizing multiplexes, two other new releases, “Collide” and “Rock Dog,” collapsed.As the newcomers stumbled, “The Lego Batman Movie” continued to show strength, racking up $19 million in its third week to push its domestic gross to $133 million. Universal distributed, marketed, and partnered on both movies.”Get Out” benefited from being embraced by reviewers, earning a rare 100% “fresh” rating on Rotten Tomatoes, with the likes of the Wall Street Journal’s Joe Morgenstern hailing its “explosive brilliance” and the New York Times’ Manohla Dargis praising it as “exhilaratingly smart.” Not the kind of notices most horror films enjoy. The film, which centers on a black man who discovers that his girlfriend’s liberal, lily-white hometown is guarding a sinister secret, marks a departure for Peele, who is best-known for his work on the Comedy Central series “Key & Peele.” It proves he can handle scares, as well as laughs, supplying sly social commentary in both genres.”Get Out” also extends Blumhouse Productions’ hot hand. The low-budget film was the weekend’s top-grossing domestic release, earning $30.5 million, and propelling its director and writer Jordan Peele onto the Hollywood A-list. The film company scored earlier this year with “Split,” a thriller about a man with a personality disorder that racked up $130.8 million stateside on a $9 million budget.

His friendship was a blessing. pic.twitter.com/hAXR9unvb6
— Vincent D’Onofrio (@vincentdonofrio) February 26, 2017Nooooo. Renaissance man, raconteur and
— Rob Lowe (@RobLowe) February 26, 2017uniquely American national treasure. A warm and beautiful soul and a talented actor. My love to Bunny, James and Lydia. — Rob Lowe (@RobLowe) February 26, 2017Bill Paxton was notoriously one of the nicest people in the industry. — Jordan Peele (@JordanPeele) February 26, 2017Very sad to hear about Bill Paxton. I just worked with him recently. pic.twitter.com/t5BC1CdlUm
— Travis Tritt (@Travistritt) February 26, 2017Bill Paxton R.I.P. Louise & the children & family my ❤& support 2 u. Bill Paxton, beloved actor in “Aliens,” “Terminator,” “Big Love,” “Tombstone,” “Twister,” “Apollo 13,” “Titanic,” “Hatfields and McCoys,” and so many more — has died from “complications from surgery.” He was 61.A family representative shared a statement on the tragic news (via People):”It is with heavy hearts we share the news that Bill Paxton has passed away due to complications from surgery. — edgarwright (@edgarwright) February 26, 2017I enjoyed every role that Bill Paxton played, but most recently his role as Sam Houston in “Texas Rising”. We ask to please respect the family’s wish for privacy as they mourn the loss of their adored husband and father.”According to TMZ, Paxton had heart surgery and suffered complications after the operation, resulting in a fatal stroke. Our thoughts are with his family pic.twitter.com/W4IVuILHxv
— Cary Elwes (@Cary_Elwes) February 26, 2017Bill Paxton Dies: ‘Twister’, ‘Big Love’ Actor Was 61 https://t.co/7ExWuk8Em5 via @deadline NO WORDS – Bill was a good friend & such a talent
— Gale Anne Hurd (@GunnerGale) February 26, 2017Bill Paxton was hands down one of the greatest guys that I have ever met. Posted February 26, 2017 by Gina CarboneThis is a heartbreaker. RIP. pic.twitter.com/dRiWq7Ziep
— Russian Market (@russian_market) February 26, 2017Want more stuff like this? The series just premiered on Feb. RIP
— Lou Diamond Phillips (@LouDPhillips) February 26, 2017I am so saddened by Bill Paxton’s passing. — Aaron Paul (@aaronpaul_8) February 26, 2017I am stunned & saddened at the passing of Bill Paxton. He inspired us. Such a funny, talented, loving human. Bill’s passion for the arts was felt by all who knew him, and his warmth and tireless energy were undeniable. On the film front, Paxton plays the father of Emma Watson’s character in “The Circle,” co-starring Tom Hanks, which will be released on April 28.Paxton’s friends and co-stars reacted to the sad news once it was released on Oscar morning:Bill Paxton is 1of my favorite actors.I was able 2tell him so when we met yrs ago.Paxton was wonderful in everything he did. I feel lucky to have called him my friend. His talent, enthusiasm and energy were unique. Like us on Facebook. 2, 2017, with Paxton as co-lead. — Rob Lowe (@RobLowe) February 26, 2017In his memory, on this Oscar Sunday, watch “One False Move” or “A Simple Plan” to see this lovely leading man, at his finest. #trueliespic.twitter.com/d4zleWdOrR
— Jamie Lee Curtis (@jamieleecurtis) February 26, 2017Devastated by the sudden loss of my close friend and one of the finest actors in the business, Bill Paxton. All those great movies wouldn’t be complete without your supporting roles. A loving husband and father, Bill began his career in Hollywood working on films in the art department and went on to have an illustrious career spanning four decades as a beloved and prolific actor and filmmaker. Had the pleasure of meeting him a few times in recent years and he was truly the loveliest guy. His filmography speaks for itself. He leaves behind a wife of 30 years, Louise Newbury, and two children.Bill Paxton’s son James is set to guest star on the eighth episode of CBS’s “Training Day,” which should air in mid-March. He also gave us some of the all-time most iconic movie moments. Bill Paxton is gone. Bill, I love you. Condolences to his family.