This weekend’s box office broke records, but not of the superhero kind. While we’re used to seeing the latest superhero blockbuster or reboot or big budget adaptation set records in this current climate, this week it was an original horror thriller made on a modest budget that broke the mold. Director/co-writer/star John Krasinski’s A QUIET PLACE soared to a whopping $50 million this weekend, serving as the third-highest opening ever for a horror movie, behind only the tremendous $123.4 million opening weekend of IT last fall and the $52.5 million opening of PARANORMAL ACTIVITY 3 in 2011. A QUIET PLACE was a success the old fashioned way: it thrived due to positive reviews, a fantastic marketing campaign from Paramount, and great word of mouth.
A QUIET PLACE’s $50 million total was enough to dethrone Steven Spielberg’s READY PLAYER ONE, which surpassed expectations with its opening last weekend. The film pulled in $25 million for the weekend, which is actually a pretty strong hold. Moreover, it’s done extremely well overseas where it’s pulled in $294 million already for a worldwide total near $400 million. In China alone, the film has grossed $161 million, so clearly international audiences are all about this one.
And BLACK PANTHER is still going strong, three weeks before Marvel Studios’ AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR hits theaters. The film has now toppled Titanic to take the #3 position on the all-time domestic chart, and it brought in another $8.8 million this weekend—its eighth weekend in release.
Next weekend brings Dwayne Johnson’s RAMPAGE and another horror film, Blumhouse’s TRUTH OR DARE, so it’ll be interesting to see how A QUIET PLACE holds up. For now, check out this weekend’s full Top 10 below.
1. A Quiet Place $50.4M
2. Ready Player One $25.06M
3. Blockers $21.43M
4. Black Panther $8.43M
5. I Can Only Imagine $8.35M
6. Tyler Perry’s Acrimony $8.06M
7. Chappaquiddick $6.2M
8. Sherlock Gnomes $5.6M
9. Pacific Rim Uprising $4.91M
10. Isle of Dogs $4.6M