'A Quiet Place' wins the box office with $50 million opening


It was a less-than-quiet weekend for horror outing A Quiet Place, which bowed at the number one spot with an impressive $50 million. That’s one of the highest openings ever for a horror film, beating out the debut cumes of—for example—all the Conjuring and Insidious movies.

Last weekend’s champion Ready Player One dropped a modest 40% to $25 million, enough to land it in the number two spot. Internationally, the Spielberg-directed film has earned $294.4 million, with release still forthcoming in Japan.

A Quiet Place’s fellow new wide release Blockers came in at third place with $21.4 million, not a disappointing sum for an R-rated comedy. Rounding out the top five were Black Panther (weekend gross $8.4 million, total gross $665.3 million) and I Can Only Imagine (weekend gross $8.3 million, total gross $69 million). That $8.4 million weekend bump for Black Panther pushes it over Titanic to become the third highest-grossing domestic release of all-time, not adjusted for inflation. The top two domestic earners remain Star Wars: The Force Awakens ($936.6 million) and Avatar ($760.5 million).

Also new to theaters in wide release were the Entertainment Motion Pictures historical drama Chappaquiddick, which exceeded expectations with $6.2 million on 1,560 screens, and the sports drama The Miracle Season, landing just outside the top ten with $4.1 million on 1,707 screens.

The weekend’s highest per-theatre average went to Lynne Ramsay’s You Were Never Really Here, which brought in $129,911 on three screens for a PTA of $43,304. Also out in limited release were Lean On Pete ($50,118 on four screens), The Endless ($8,600 on one screen), Where is Kyra? ($7,000 on one screen) and Blood Feast ($4,020 on one screen).