|Film||Weekend||Opening Weekend||Current Gross|
|A Quiet Place (Paramount)||$50.2m||$50.2m||$50.2m|
|Ready Player One (Warner Bros.)||$24.6m||$41.8m||$96.5m|
|Black Panther (Marvel-Disney)||$8.7m||$202m||$665.6m|
|Tyler Perry’s Acrimony (Lionsgate)||$8.4m||$17m||$31.7m|
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It certainly looks like the box office is picking up steam. While we can partially attribute it to Steven Spielberg’s Ready Player One for getting moviegoers back into theaters, maybe we should give some of that credit to the SXSW Film Festival for premiering this week’s Top 3.
Horror continues to be a strong box office draw as John Krasinski’s A Quiet Place, co-starring wife Emily Blunt, exceeded all expectations with a $50.2 million opening, the first movie to achieve that amount this year other than Black Panther.
John Krasinski’s third movie as a director opened for Thursday previews that grossed an impressive $4.3 million, which was in turn compiled into the movie’s Friday $19 million opening day in 3,508 theaters. Although horror movies tend to be frontloaded, that wasn’t the case with A Quiet Place, which continued to do business over the weekend to attain that $50.2 million opening weekend. While that opening is less than half what New Line’s It did last September, it’s better than other horror hits including The Conjuring, the Insidious movies and all but one of Paramount’s Paranormal Activity movies.
A Quiet Place received a “B+” in CinemaScore‘s audience poll, which is better than other recent horror films, so it’s possible Paramount might have their biggest hit in almost two years. For some perspective, Paramount’s biggest movie of last year was Michael Bay’s Transformers: The Last Knight only opened with $44.9 million and grossed $130.2 million domestically. The studio’s last movie to open with more than $50 million was 2016’s Star Trek Beyond.
Steven Spielberg’s Ready Player One dropped to second place in its second weekend with an est. $24.6 million, down just 40% from Easter weekend. With $96.5 million grossed so far domestically, Ready Player One is looking to become only the third movie of 2018 to cross the $100 million mark.
Overseas, Ready Player One remained dominant with another $81.7 million in international markets with $294.4 million grossed internationally and a global total of $391.3 million. It’s Spielberg’s first movie since Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull to achieve that amount worldwide, and that’s in less than two weeks, so expect it to be among Spielberg’s top grossing movies. RealD can take credit for $66.5 million of that global gross or about 17%, while 3D in general accounts for $60 business of the movie’s worldwide business.
Universal Pictures’ R-rated comedy Blockers, directed by Pitch Perfect scribe Kay Cannon and starring Leslie Mann, Ike Barinholtz and John Cena, opened decently in 3,379 theaters with $1.5 million in Thursday previews. It ended up with $20.5 million over the weekend, well above most expectations, as it took third place. While the movie’s “B” CinemaScore isn’t great, we can probably expect it to do well even as colleges get back from spring break.
Marvel Studios’ Black Panther continues to amaze with a rare eighth weekend in the top 5, adding another $8.7 million to bring its domestic total to an astounding $665.6 million. More importantly, it surpassed the domestic gross of James Cameron’s long-time record holder Titanic to become the third-highest grossing movie domestically, and it will probably remain there even as it edges closer to $700 million.
A bit of a shake-up after that as Black Panther was followed closely in fifth place by Tyler Perry’s Acrimony with the biggest drop, down 53% as it went from second place to fifth with roughly $8.4 million and $31.7 million grossed so far. Roadside Attractions’ hit drama I Can Only Imagine with $7.8 million after expanding into 2,894 theaters, so it had to settle for sixth place.
Fledgling distributor Entertainment Studios Motion Pictures released the Ted Kennedy drama Chappaquiddick, starring Jason Clarke, Ed Helm, Bruce Dern and Jim Gaffigan, into 1,560 theaters. The controversial drama also exceeded all expectations with $5.8 million or $3.6k per theater. That might not seem great, but it’s very good for a drama picked up at Toronto last year, which was moved from its Nov. release because there wasn’t much buzz. It also received a “B” CinemaScore.
Wes Anderson’s Isle of Dogs continues to be expanded by Fox Searchlight, this weekend in 554 theaters, which was enough for it to round out the top 10 with an est. $4.6 million, bringing its total to $12 million before its nationwide expansion this coming Friday.
LD Entertainment’s The Miracle Season also entered the weekend with very little buzz, but it ended up just outside the top 10 with $3.9 million in 1,707 theaters or $2.3k per theater. It received the best CinemaScore of the new movies, a solid “A,” so we’ll have to see if it’s helped by word-of-mouth.
As far as specialty releases, We Need to Talk About Kevin director Lynn Ramsey’s new film You Were Never Really Here, starring Joaquin Phoenix, was released by Amazon Studios into three theaters in New York and L.A. where it grossed $132k or $44.3k per venue. The Arclight Hollywood in L.A. greatly helped with that average as Phoenix introduced or did QnAs after almost every single screening, which is a rarity as far as these things go.
Andrew Haigh’s new film Lean on Pete, starring Charlie Plummer, was released by A24 into four theaters in New York and L.A. where it grossed just under $47k for the weekend or $12.5k per theater.Not bad, but we’ll have to see how wide A24 expands the film.
Check back later this evening for updated numbers based on actuals, and on Thursday, I’ll have a preview of the coming weekend, which includes Dwayne Johnson’s Rampage and Universal/Blumhouse’s horror film Truth or Dare.
(Source: BoxOfficeMojo.com. Figures represent estimated numbers at time of writing, and they may change.)
Edward Douglas | East Coast Editor