M3GAN has officially landed in theaters and the Blumhouse vehicle has been generating buzz for weeks. In fact, the amount of hype surrounding Gerard Johnstone’s killer-doll flick is reminiscent of the days prior to Jordan Peele’s Get Out making its theatrical debut, where movie-goers and horror fanatics alike were crowding the ticket booths, hoping to get their hands on an opening night slot. We all know Get Out earned several nominations for various award ceremonies, managing to score an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay for Peele at the 90th Academy Awards, and additional nominations for Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Actor (Kaluuya). Get Out has often been cited as one of the best horror films of the 21st century and the 2010s alike, propelling Peele’s filmmaking career to new heights.
It seems that M3GAN might be replicating that one-way ticket to fame as the reviews come pouring in less than 24 hours after its release. Although M3GAN opened to the States on January 6, it was unveiled a whole month earlier in Los Angeles on December 7, which could be the source of some of these month-old reviews. Either way, Get Out sits at 98% on the Tomatometer with an audience score of 86%, whereas right now, M3GAN isn’t too far behind on its opening day with a comfortable 95% and a 78% audience score. On Rotten Tomatoes’ definitive ranking of all Blumhouse horror productions, Get Out (unsurprisingly) sits at number one, but quite literally stunning everyone, newbie M3GAN has swooped in to steal second place.