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‘A Quiet Place’ Roars At US Box Office With $50m Debut


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 $21.4m, Steven Spielberg’s virtual-reality adventure Ready Player One dip only 40 percent with $25.1m in its second weekend and the period docudrama Chappaquiddick beat expectations with a debut of $6.2m. 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.

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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 $30m for the film, which cost just $17m 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.

 

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