Weekend Box Office

Weekend Box Office Results: A Quiet Place Screams into the Record Books

A Quiet Place soars and Ready Player One holds strong on weekend of April 6-8, 2018.

by | April 8, 2018 | Comments

On a weekend when the folks at Paramount would love to shout from the rooftops as loudly as possible, out of respect for their latest release they may just be doing a silent scream (of joy) instead. John Krasinski’s A Quiet Place opened to a huge $50 million, and has broken a stretch of rough openings for the studio — one that goes as far back to January 2017 when enough folks overseas saw xXx: The Return of Xander Cage to dub that film a success. The $17 million-budgeted A Quiet Place may turn out to be the studio’s most profitable film since Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation.

King of the Crop: Quiet, We’re Hunting Humans

(Photo by Jonny Cournoyer / © Paramount )

A Quiet Place is setting and matching all sorts of records, including with its 97% rating on our own Tomatometer. That score matches the highest critical score for a wide April release since 2000 (joining the 97%-rated Mud, which opened April 2013), besting movies like The Jungle Book (95%), The Cabin in the Woods (92%), Source Code, and Hot Fuzz (both 91%). When we talk dollar records, the $50 million take this weekend gives A Quiet Place the highest non-sequel, non-remake opening ever for the month of April.

How high can it climb from here? Last January’s Split opened to $40 million and managed a 3.45 multiple to end up with over $138 million domestically. A broader look shows that since 2000, only one film to open between $25-$60 million with more than 90% on the Tomatometer failed to achieve at least a 3x multiple over their opening weekend — last year’s War for the Planet of the Apes. Films that did cross that multiplier include Mad Max: Fury Road (3.38 multiplier), Minority Report (3.70) and Edge of Tomorrow (3.48), also featuring A Quiet Place’s Emily Blunt. So, even a low-end estimate would put A Quiet Place between $150-$169 million for its final domestic total.

Fresh Surprise: Blockers Continues Comedy Trend

(Photo by © Universal)

Another SXSW premiere, Universal’s Blockers, is proving there is value in appealing to both adults and teens with your gross-out humor. Its $21.4 million doesn’t quite measure up to the debuts of other big recent SXSW comedy premieres, such as Neighbors ($49 million), Sausage Party ($34.2 million), Knocked Up ($30.6 million) and Bridesmaids ($26.2 million) — the Blockers number is closer to Forgetting Sarah Marshall’s $17.7 million. But there is reason to hope that the film, currently Certified Fresh at 83% on the Tomatometer, will have legs. February’s Game Night, also Certified Fresh at 82%, opened to $17 million and is currently over $66 million for a 3.88 multiple. Do not be too surprised if Blockers follows the same path given the hunger for quality comedies currently in the marketplace. It may face some competition with Amy Schumer’s PG-13 I Feel Pretty (opening April 20), even if Snatched proved to be a disappointing follow-up Trainwreck. (Both were “R”-rated.) Hopefully, Universal doesn’t lose half of Blockers’ audience next week to Blumhouse’s Truth or Dare; if Blockers does hold through April, the $21 million production will get the studio in the win column.

Rotten Returns: Kennedy Cover-Up Fails to Connect, Rim Drops to Ninth

(Photo by © Universal Pictures)

Byron Allen’s Entertainment Studios may have struck a little oil with last summer’s 47 Meters Down, but it’s been pretty dry ever since: Friend Request ($3.7 million domestic on a $9.9 million budget), Hostiles ($29.8 million, $39 million budget) and The Hurricane Heist ($6.1 million, $35 million budget). Now Chappaquiddick has opened with just $6.2 million. The Tomatometer score is solid — 80%, and the Audience Score is almost the same — so there is a chance it may get a word-of-mouth boost, but that may not be enough for its backers to recoup their investment. Meanwhile, Universal’s Pacific Rim: Uprising dropped to ninth place. After its $28.1 million opening, it may end up having the third worst multiple of the year after The Hurricane Heist (2.01) and Proud Mary (2.09).

Best of the Rest: Panther Makes More History, Player One Has Legs

(Photo by © Marvel / © Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures)

On Saturday, Black Panther passed the gross of Titanic (including all of its re-releases) to become the third highest grossing domestic film of all time, with over $665 million. It is also now the tenth all-time highest earner worldwide, with $1.299 billion, and is currently about $23 million away from passing The Last Jedi for ninth place. Steven Spielberg’s Ready Player One had a very solid hold, dropping just 40%, and has reached $391 million worldwide. (Still looking for all of the film’s Easter Eggs? Check out our video guide.) On the indie front, The Death of Stalin is now the fourth highest-grossing domestic film in IFC Films’ limited-release history, with over $5.5 million.

This Time Last Year: The Baby Continued to Show ’em Who’s Boss

(Photo by © 20th Century Fox Film Corp.)

Smurfs: The Lost Village and Going in Style combined were no match for the $26.3 million of The Boss Baby’s second weekend. Disney’s live-action Beauty and the Beast was in second place, reaching $430 million. Jordan Peele’s Oscar-winner-to-be, Get Out, was still chugging along in its seventh weekend, coming in at eighth place, and Logan finished its final week in the top 10 in ninth place. The top 10 movies combined grossed $106.28 million compared to this year’s $142 million. Last year, the average Tomatometer score amongst the top 10 box office earners was 61.8%, while this year it is 68.1%.

On the Vine: A Three-Way Box Office Rampage

Warner Bros. is hoping to capitalize on Dwayne Johnson’s Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle success by throwing him into an actual video game adaptation in Rampage. The ’80s arcade favorite is determined to destroy Chicago on screen, but will it destroy any records?  It will need $40.2 million just to beat Scary Movie 4 to enter the top 10 April earners of all time. For context, Johnson opened San Andreas to $54.2 million (that film also directed by Rampage’s Brad Peyton) and G.I. Joe: Retaliation to $40.5 million. So, they may be in with a chance. Also opening, as mentioned, is Blumhouse’s horror film, Truth or Dare. The horror giant’s last four releases have been Insidious: The Last Key, Happy Death Day, Get Out and Split, with the lowest opening among them being $26.3 million. Between Rampage and Truth or Dare, and a solid hold by A Quiet Place, the top three films could all be over $20 million for the second weekend in a row. Until this week, that not happened since the very first weekend this year when Jumanji, Insidious and The Last Jedi topped the charts.

The Full Top 10: April 6-8

  1. A Quiet Place – $50.0 million ($50.0 million total)
  2. Ready Player One – $25.0 million ($96.9 million total)
  3. Blockers – $21.4 million ($21.4 million total)
  4. Black Panther – $8.4 million ($665.3 million total)
  5. I Can Only Imagine – $8.3 million ($69.0 million total)
  6. Tyler Perry’s Acrimony – $8.0 million ($31.3 million total)
  7. Chappaquiddick – $6.2 million ($6.2 million total)
  8. Sherlock Gnomes – $5.6 million ($33.8 million total)
  9. Pacific: Rim Uprising – $4.9 million ($54.9 million total)
  10. Isle of Dogs – $4.6 million ($11.1 million total)

– Erik Childress can be heard each week evaluating box office on WGN Radio with Nick Digilio as well as on Business First AM with Angela Miles and his Movie Madness Podcast.

[box office figures via Box Office Mojo]

Tag Cloud

OWN Emmy Nominations Disney Valentine's Day Animation Pirates Disney Plus independent Box Office NBC Character Guide FOX CNN sitcom dogs classics finale FX Rocketman YouTube Premium true crime Mary poppins stoner dceu italian crime Spring TV Chernobyl Quiz Holidays ghosts Drama Thanksgiving Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Creative Arts Emmys nature Family historical drama batman canceled TV shows Sony Pictures YouTube Watching Series Awards HBO Max children's TV witnail 99% crossover discovery worst movies RT21 mutant miniseries Disney Channel Western latino ITV Lifetime Christmas movies franchise Rocky canceled Showtime blaxploitation Trailer CMT elevated horror Polls and Games transformers TCA 2017 Vudu news BAFTA television Premiere Dates natural history 2020 Travel Channel comedies movies VH1 Brie Larson harry potter Hear Us Out A24 Pride Month zombies Masterpiece golden globes football singing competition Pixar cats serial killer reboot BBC America remakes halloween comiccon psycho breaking bad The Purge Rock mockumentary See It Skip It crime thriller foreign Walt Disney Pictures disaster rotten movies we love DirecTV Oscars hist streaming quibi Captain marvel unscripted IFC Calendar travel justice league casting PaleyFest Avengers cults political drama Dark Horse Comics Classic Film space Warner Bros. french NYCC deadpool documentary supernatural Photos indie Nominations Mindy Kaling social media Apple TV+ Red Carpet book ABC Family Ovation AMC animated GLAAD die hard TIFF toronto reviews E3 BET Awards Holiday Disney+ Disney Plus Year in Review VICE Cartoon Network Food Network emmy awards comic books Mystery talk show USA Infographic Video Games Black Mirror Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt GoT BET award winner game show Sneak Peek Marvel Television Interview Spectrum Originals Peacock Nickelodeon name the review criterion FX on Hulu TV Land Amazon Studios San Diego Comic-Con blockbuster OneApp comic WarnerMedia 2019 Superheroes comics thriller Star Wars GIFs Trophy Talk Horror Opinion cartoon chucky politics medical drama Epix Tubi SDCC El Rey composers TLC Netflix Christmas movies ratings MSNBC archives Amazon Prime Video Freeform nfl ESPN Comic Book versus DC Universe Ghostbusters Musicals war YA CBS All Access Britbox DC Comics romantic comedy biography Film Festival The Walking Dead spy thriller Heroines TV renewals Pop TV video on demand screen actors guild Disney streaming service psychological thriller 2017 Country Baby Yoda Columbia Pictures APB cancelled TV shows RT History venice SundanceTV DGA stop motion MTV ABC Lifetime free movies Mudbound Christmas australia period drama Turner Black History Month Women's History Month science fiction joker mission: impossible TCA Winter 2020 universal monsters TCA Esquire First Reviews X-Men PlayStation History films Musical Television Critics Association concert BBC One Biopics PBS Star Trek Shondaland National Geographic kids HBO Go LGBTQ TCA Awards FXX cars docudrama Action Set visit facebook Tumblr sequel scorecard parents japanese scary movies 2018 Teen james bond Funimation Sundance Now Crunchyroll DC streaming service ID child's play stand-up comedy Grammys what to watch spanish language dc green book satire Marvel Studios Endgame festival Amazon First Look A&E a nightmare on elm street Paramount Network anime festivals Film Crackle Binge Guide rt archives Reality Competition 72 Emmy Awards asian-american Toys technology Hulu 24 frames halloween tv Hallmark Christmas movies Summer robots Nat Geo WGN tv talk Apple Television Academy Cannes Martial Arts dark Cosplay Extras Best and Worst adaptation Marathons Winter TV Music Marvel vampires fast and furious Lucasfilm indiana jones Sundance TV Awards Tour Acorn TV Writers Guild of America MCU 4/20 cops Spike Schedule Comedy laika twilight hispanic Discovery Channel game of thrones critics dragons Mary Poppins Returns obituary sequels Comedy Central cancelled television sports TBS TCM Apple TV Plus Countdown Mary Tyler Moore Fall TV revenge Elton John rotten black Bravo series romance Netflix Paramount spider-man Stephen King 2015 screenings slashers aliens based on movie The Witch Anna Paquin Amazon Prime spinoff hollywood video all-time zombie The CW richard e. Grant 2016 Podcast Trivia BBC christmas movies Lionsgate New York Comic Con Winners best Hallmark sag awards strong female leads diversity Universal 20th Century Fox The Academy spanish TruTV VOD Logo E! boxoffice spain 71st Emmy Awards doctor who renewed TV shows 21st Century Fox zero dark thirty Certified Fresh CW Seed cinemax dramedy nbcuniversal binge SXSW Shudder 45 CBS Kids & Family werewolf toy story USA Network Sundance teaser Election Syfy cancelled TV series Ellie Kemper Academy Awards police drama IFC Films cooking jamie lee curtis Rom-Com TV cancelled Tomatazos documentaries Turner Classic Movies adventure 007 HBO Pet Sematary Adult Swim Reality theme song Fantasy Starz Emmys Pop anthology movie Arrowverse crime drama Tarantino Superheroe American Society of Cinematographers Comics on TV Sci-Fi Fox News Fox Searchlight worst The Arrangement TNT Super Bowl superhero Song of Ice and Fire YouTube Red directors President LGBT south america