'A Quiet Place'

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'A Quiet Place' Roars At Box Office With $50M Debut

By: Associated Press

April 9, 2018

AP Film Writer
NEW YORK (AP) — John Krasinski's "A Quiet Place" made a thunderous debut at the box office, opening with $50 million in ticket sales and rumbling to the year's second-best weekend after "Black Panther," according to studio estimates Sunday.

The Paramount Pictures thriller far exceeded expectations to land one of the top opening weekends for a horror release. It marks an unlikely breakthrough for Krasinski, the former "Office" star many associate more with inter-office romance and deadpan expressions than silent cinematic frights. Krasinski's third directing effort, which stars himself and wife Emily Blunt is about a family in a future dystopia populated by violent creatures with extremely acute hearing.

But it was far from the only success story on the weekend, which also saw Universal's R-rated comedy "Blockers" open solidly with $21.4 million, Steven Spielberg's virtual-reality adventure "Ready Player One" dip only 40 percent with $25.1 million in its second weekend and the period docudrama "Chappaquiddick" beat expectations with a debut of $6.2 million. In limited release, Wes Anderson's "Isle of Dogs," Lynne Ramsay's "You Were Never Really Here" and Andrew Haigh's "Lean on Pete" all did well, too.

For one weekend, at least, just about everything Hollywood could throw at moviegoers worked. The weekend was up 35.3 percent from last year.

But nothing approached the runaway success of "A Quiet Place." Hollywood had forecast closer to $30 million for the film, which cost just $17 million to make. Yet "A Quiet Place" rode strong buzz from its SXSW premiere in March, good reviews (97 percent fresh on Rotten Tomatoes) and moviegoers' continuing thirst for horror.

"We always knew we had something special from the first screenings. But you don't get to a number like this without breaking free of the genre. I think this is about great storytelling," said Kyle Davies, head of domestic distribution for Paramount, who heaped praise on Krasinski. "We're looking forward to what else he has up his sleeve."

"A Quiet Place" is also a badly needed hit for Paramount, which has struggled mightily at the box office in recent years while its ownership has sometimes been in limbo. Earlier this week, CBS Corp. submitted a bid to acquire Viacom Inc., Paramount's parent company.

Though greenlit under the previous leadership, "A Quiet Place" is the first major success under Jim Gianopulos, who took over as studio head a year ago. The opening is Paramount's biggest since 2016's "Star Trek Beyond" and its best non-franchise opening since 2013's "World War Z."

Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theaters, according to comScore. Where available, the latest international numbers also are included. Final three-day domestic figures will be released Monday.
1. "A Quiet Place," $50 million ($21 million international).
2. "Ready Player One," $25.1 million ($81.7 million international).
3. "Blockers," $21.4 million ($3.2 million international).
4. "Black Panther," $8.4 million ($4.5 million international).
5. "I Can Only Imagine," $8.4 million.
6. "Tyler Perry's Acrimony," $8.1 million.
7. "Chappaquiddick," $6.2 million.
8. "Sherlock Gnomes," $5.6 million ($2.7 million international).
9. "Pacific Rim Uprising," $4.9 million ($12.4 million international).
10. "Isle of Dogs," $4.6 million ($1.1 million international).
Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at international theaters (excluding the U.S. and Canada), according to comScore:
1. "Ready Player One," $81.7 million.
2. "A Quiet Place," $21 million.
3. "Peter Rabbit," $19.2 million.
4. "Pacific Rim Uprising," $12.4 million.
5. "Hindi Medium," $11.7 million.
6. "Tomb Raider," $4.9 million.
7. "Gonjiam: Haunted Asylum," $4.9 million.
8. "What a Man Wants," $4.7 million.
9. "Baaghi 2," $4.6 million.
10. "Black Panther," $4.5 million.
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