A Quiet Place Box Office

“A Quiet Place” Makes Some Noise


April 6-8, 2018

(estimates from BoxOfficeMojo.com)


A Quiet Place $50.0 million
Ready Player One  $25.0 million
Blockers $21.4 million
Black Panther $8.4 million
I Can Only Imagine  $8.3 million

Defying even the loftiest expectations of Paramount and writer-director-star John Krasinski, A Quiet Place took the top spot at the box office this weekend, more than doubling what the No. 2 film earned. The estimated $50 million opening marks the second biggest debut of the year, topping the $41 million Ready Player One earned last weekend. While horror has been one of the most reliable genres of the past decade, A Quiet Place and last year's It delivered monster openings. While the film will certainly experience a drop next weekend, it's an impressive debut and has nearly universally positive word-of-mouth that should help it earn more than $100 million.

Steven Spielberg's Ready Player One slipped to second place. While it's not quite at $100 million yet, it's doing quite well for itself overseas, where it's made nearly $300 million so far, with its biggest foreign market being China. Blockers debuted strongly at No. 3 with $21.4 million. That's about what Neighbors 2 opened with two years ago. But that can definitely be considered a success since Blockers didn't have the heavy expectations of a sequel weighing it down. Like many R-rated comedies, it's sure to have a long life on streaming and home video.

Black Panther hit its lowest position yet, but still managed to pass Titanic to become the third-biggest movie of all time. That's where it will stay. It can't go any higher, as it would have to earn another $100 million to catch up to Avatar and nearly $300 million more to come close to The Force Awakens. And I Can Only Imagine is still proving to be the sleeper hit of 2018. The Christian music biopic has made nearly $70 million so far.

Outside the top 5:

  • This Weekend's Indie Champ: You Were Never Really Here, a thriller from idiosyncratic director Lynne Ramsey. This one can be summed up as Joaquin Phoenix going John Wick on some sex traffickers. It debuted with a whopping $43,304 on its three screens.
  • Neither Chappaquiddick nor The Miracle Season made much of an impression. The historical drama about Ted Kennedy made just $6.2 million, while the inspirational sports drama managed a meager $4.1 million.
  • Lean on Pete, the latest from acclaimed director Andrew Haigh, also opened strongly in limited release. The first boy-and-his-horse drama in some time, the tearjerker averaged $12,530 on its four screens.

Next weekend:

Dwayne Johnson once again tries to prove that he can make any premise – no matter how ridiculous – a success. The video game adaptation Rampage (yes, the one with the giant ape, lizard and wolf) will face off against Blumhouse horror flick Truth or Dare. I think the Rock saves the day once again, as Rampage takes the top spot with $35 million.


About Kip Mooney

Kip Mooney
Like many film critics born during and after the 1980s, my hero is Roger Ebert. The man was already the best critic in the nation when he won the Pulitzer in 1975, but his indomitable spirit during and after his recent battle with cancer keeps me coming back to read not only his reviews but his insightful commentary on the everyday. But enough about a guy you know a lot about. I knew I was going to be a film critic—some would say a snob—in middle school, when I had to voraciously defend my position that The Royal Tenenbaums was only a million times better than Adam Sandler’s remake of Mr. Deeds. From then on, I would seek out Wes Anderson’s films and avoid Sandler’s like the plague. Still, I like to think of myself as a populist, and I’ll be just as likely to see the next superhero movie as the next Sundance sensation. The thing I most deplore in a movie is laziness. I’d much rather see movies with big ambitions try and fail than movies with no ambitions succeed at simply existing. I’m also a big advocate of fun-bad movies like The Room and most of Nicolas Cage’s work. In the past, I’ve written for The Dallas Morning News and the North Texas Daily, which I edited for a semester. I also contributed to Dallas-based Pegasus News, which in the circle of life, is now part of The Dallas Morning News, where I got my big break in 2007. Eventually, I’d love to write and talk about film full-time, but until that’s a viable career option, I work as an auditor for Wells Fargo. I hope to one day meet my hero, go to the Toronto International Film Festival, and compete on Jeopardy. Until then, I’m excited to share my love of film with you.

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