'A Quiet Place' sounds off with huge $50m box office debut

Apr 10, 2018, 19:34
'A Quiet Place' sounds off with huge $50m box office debut

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. A Clover Place? Because we would probably have gone with something like A Cloverfield, Covered with Sand, Because That's Quieter (To Walk On).

It is a horror movie, and it is also a family drama. Quite honestly many horror movies are created to make people scream even if the intent to avoid the killer or the monsters is to remain quiet in the hopes that they'll leave and go seek mayhem elsewhere.

"A Quiet Place" envisions a future Earth inhabited by sightless predators, who hunt by their hypersensitive hearing. Now might be a good time for us to check out Krasinski's first real writing gig. The many working elements that go into the stories are often enough to get people into the theaters out of sheer curiosity if nothing else. Previously, the Office alum helmed Brief Interviews With Hideous Men and The Hollars; each played on a fraction of A Quiet Place's 3,500 screens.

As for fellow new release Blockers, the movie sold about 2.2 million tickets, which makes it the biggest comedy debut of the year so far. Because of its emotional core, the film is fundamentally unlike other typified examples within its genre and exists in the contemporary horror space emblemized by films such as "The Witch", "It Follows" and "Get Out". "(ILM was) involved in the process, and they have said to me many times that this is one of their most favorite experiences, because they felt like they were part of the team". Basically, it's pretty early to decide if a sequel to A Quiet Place will be made. The wrong audience can kill a movie. The degree of positive response "A Quiet Place" is getting, is so magnificent that it has become Paramount's best non-sequel opening weekend in nearly five years.

Ultimately, Krasinski's horror debut was a fantastic success.

Before Father (John Krasinski) can get to him, the child is grabbed by a monster. If you want know why casting Blunt as a stressed-out mom made sense, check her out as a strung-out boozehound on the Train. The odds for such a victory are slim and the lack of racial/social issues in A Quiet Place will hinder its chances at Oscar glory, even with such great reviews.

Hollywood estimated the film, which cost a mere $17 million to produce, would bring in somewhere around $30 million.

"A Quiet Place" is also a badly needed hit for Paramount, which has struggled mightily at the box office in recent years while its ownership has sometimes been in limbo.

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