Box Office: ‘A Quiet Place’ Crushed R-rated ‘Blockers’ With $50-M Open
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It was a good weekend all around for movie-going in the US as revenue spiked more than 36% over the same frame last year.
‘Blockers’ fought off the R-rated comedy curse with a $21.4-M debut, while Ted Kennedy scandal pic ‘Chappaquiddick’ was DOA at $6.1-M.
Paramount’s A Quiet Place opened at #1 with $50-M from 3,508 theaters in North America, well ahead of expectations and 1 of the Top debuts of all time for a horror title behind last year’s It. Rated PG-13, the pic earned a B+ CinemaScore, a super grade for a horror film, and sports a 97% Rotten Tomatoes score.
Steven Spielberg’s Ready Player One held up well in its 2nd frame, falling 40% to $25.1-M for an 11-day domestic box office of $96.9-M, while Universal’s Blockers beat the R-rated comedy curse.
Globally, Ready Player One film saw its grosses climb to $391.3-M, including a massive $161.2-M in China, the best showing of all time for a Warner Bros. title.
Blockers opened to $21.4-M from 3,379 North American cinemas, the best launch for an R-rated comedy since Girls Trip, which bowed to $31-M in the Summer of Y 2017. The film earned a B CinemaScore and currently sports an 83% Rotten Tomatoes score.
Both Blockers and A Quiet Place staged their world premieres at the SXSW Film Festival, as did Ready Player One. And both drew hordes of moviegoers between the ages of 18 and 24 helping to explain their success. A Quiet Place skewed slightly male (51%), while Blockers played slightly more to females (51%).
The Ted Kennedy scandal pic Chappaquiddick from Byron Allen’s Entertainment Studios, opened to $6.2-M from 1,560 theaters at #7.
Inspirational film The Miracle Season debuted to $4.1-M for LD Entertainment.
Among other highlights
Disney (NYSE:DIS) and Marvel’s Black Panther held at # 4 in its 8th frame, grossing another $8.4-M for a domestic take of $665.4-M and a global box office of $1.3-B to become the # 3 title of all time
Have some fun, see a movie this week.