It looks like Steven Spielberg has gotten people excited about going to the movies again, because we’re going to get another $40 million plus opener this weekend.
The John Krasinski-directed thriller A Quiet Place opened with $19 million on Friday including $4.3 million in Thursday previews, which should be good enough for an opening weekend in the $45 to 50 million range, which is great for horror and for Paramount, who will have their first hit of any kind since last year’s Transformers: The Last Knight, which only opened with $44.7 million.
Universal’s R-rated comedy Blockers opened in second place with $7.8 million, including $1.5 million in Thursday previews, which should allow it to open in the $21 to 22 million range, which is on the high end of its tracking.
Steven Spielberg’s Ready Player One took third place yesterday with $6.8 million, but it should be able to bring in more business on Saturday to end up in second place for the weekend with $23 to 24 million.
Marvel Studios’ Black Panther will take fourth place this weekend with $2.3 million, which is enough to push it to the $659.2 million mark, which mens it will surpass Titanic as the third highest-growing movie domestically of all time this weekend.
Some of the smaller releases also did quite well as Entertainment Studios’ drama Chappaquiddick took in $1.9 million Friday in just 1,450 theaters, allowing it to open over $5 million.
LD Entertainment’s The Miracle Season, starring Helen Hunt, brought in an estimated $1.4 million yesterday in 1,707 theaters, pointing to an opening weekend of around $4 million.
Check back on Monday for the full weekend box office report.
Edward Douglas | East Coast Editor