Weekend box office: A Quiet Place grabs the top spot

You should never be surprised when a horror movie does well at the weekend box office, especially if there are no other horror movies competing with it.  But a near-$50 million opening for A QUIET PLACE is still surprising.  The film has gotten rave reviews and audiences seem to love it, which means it could hang around in the top ten for a while.  It’s always nice when an original, well made horror film gets the credit it deserves.  The comedy BLOCKERS also overperformed with close to $20 million.  I know that doesn’t seem like much, but it’s a pretty good take for a raunchy, R-rated comedy with out any big stars.  Reviews have indicated the film is much better than the horrible trailers and TV spots depict.  The last new movie of the weekend is the controversial and based-on-a-true-story CHAPPAQUIDDICK, which opened with over $5 million, which isn’t bad for that kind of movie.

Next weekend is a bit of a waste in terms of new movies.  It seems that studios are trying to stay away from Dwayne Johnson’s RAMPAGE the following week and of course AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR in two weeks.  The “biggest” (I’m using that term loosely) new movie is the OVERBOARD remake with Anna Faris.  We also get the horror film TRUTH OR DARE, which should be a good alternative for all the kids that really want to see A QUIET PLACE but can’t find a way to sneak into it.  Finally, there’s a slew of smaller films that will have varying degrees of limited releases, including BEIRUT, BORG VS MCENROE and THE RIDER.  Note: the numbers below will be updated as they become final.

1. A Quiet Place $47.1m

2. Ready Player One $22.3m

3. Blockers $19.1m

4. Black Panther $8.2m

5. Acrimony $7.3m

6. I Can Only Imagine $7.1m

7. Chappaquiddick $5.7m

8. Sherlock Gnomes $5m

9. Pacific Rim Uprising $4.3m

10. The Miracle Season $3.8m

(Deadline)

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