A Quiet Place defied the odds to become one of the year's top openings, while Black Panther still simmers in the Top Ten.
After an astounding Friday, John Krasinski's A Quiet Place, starring Emily Blunt, bested expectations and ended the weekend with a solid $50 million. While it wasn't quite the type of numbers seen with major comic book movies, as an original work, it's every studios' dream.
Horror films in general taper off into their second weekend, but A Quiet Place should hold strong, thanks to positive word-of-mouth buzz. It should finish its box office run well past the $100 million mark.
Also opening this weekend was SXSW comedy Blockers, starring John Cena and Leslie Mann. With positive reviews behind it, the teen laugher delivered a nice $20 million opening and ending the weekend just behind last weekend's number one film, Ready Player One.
Political drama Chappaquiddick, which was supposed to release at some point last year, took in $6.2 million, enough for a 7th place finish.
As for older releases still making waves, that story belongs to Black Panther. The Marvel film is continuing to break box office records. It has now passed Titanic to become the third largest domestic release of all-time.
In the indie sector, You Were Never Really Here, starring Joaquin Phoenix, earned a respectable $129,911 on 3 screens. Phoenix won the Best Actor prize at last year's Cannes Film Festival for the Lynne Ramsay drama. He also showed up to most of the screenings at Arclight's Hollywood location over the weekend to introduce the film.
Lean on Pete, a highly-praised indie about a boy and his horse, earned just over $50k on 4 screens.
TOP TEN:(Bold signifies a new release.)
1. A Quiet Place - $50 million
2. Ready Player One - $25 million
3. Blockers - $21.4 million
4. Black Panther - $8.4 million
5. I Can Only Imagine - $8.3 million
6. Tyler Perry's Acrimony - $8 million
7. Chappaquiddick - $6.2 million
8. Sherlock Gnomes - $5.6 million
9. Pacific Rim Uprising - $4.9 million
10. Isle of Dogs - $4.6 million