A Quiet Place 2 returns to first!
After being nudged aside by other horrors last weekend, the PG-13 thriller A QUIET PLACE: PART II went creeping back to the top of the box office with an estimated $11.6 million.
The alien avoidance sequel, again directed (and written) by John Krasinski, has collected a domestic total of $108.9 million after three weekends in theaters.
The Paramount sci-fi/horror release starring Emily Blunt, Cillian Murphy and Djimon Hounsou is currently at a worldwide total of $184.9 million, on a reported cost of $61 million.
Dancing to a debut in second place (and narrowly missing a win for the weekend) was the new musical IN THE HEIGHTS, with an opening of $11.4 million.
Directed by Jon M. Chu (CRAZY RICH ASIANS, G.I.JOE: RETALIATION), the adaptation of HAMILTON mastermind Lin-Manuel Miranda’s acclaimed Broadway show (which itself has grossed over $100 million) was more muted than its initially projected $20 million opening.
The PG-13 drama, about life in the New York neighborhood of Washington Heights and its residents chasing their dreams, was originally planned to arrive in theaters back in June 2020 before the ubiquitous pandemic delays.
Like the rest of the studio’s 2021 slate, the Warner Bros. release (which cost a reported $55 million) simultaneously premiered on the HBO Max streaming service.
Critics praised the cultural celebration, giving it an average of 96% on Rotten Tomatoes and a score of 85 on Metacritic. Get in tune with the JoBlo review HERE.
In third place was the new family movie PETER RABBIT 2: THE RUNAWAY with an opening weekend of $10.4 million.
The live-action/animated hybrid was delayed from its originally scheduled release in February 2020. The PG-rated comedy has already been in international theaters and has a worldwide total of $68.3 million, on a reported $45 million cost.
The sequel to Sony’s surprise 2018 success (which made $351 million worldwide on a $50 million budget) again features humans Domhnall Gleeson and Rose Byrne along with digital rabbits voiced by James Corden and Margot Robbie.
Critics seemed to be on the (rabbit-proof) fence about the fuzzy follow-up, giving it a 68% average on Rotten Tomatoes and a Metacritic score of 44.
Getting spooked down to to fourth place was the horror sequel THE CONJURING: THE DEVIL MADE ME DO IT with $10 million for its second weekend in theaters.
The third supernatural investigation by Ed and Lorraine Warren (Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga) frightened away 58% of business from last weekend’s first place opening, for a ten-day domestic total of $43.7 million.
The R-rated Warner Bros. sequel (also currently streaming on their HBO Max platform) has a worldwide total of $111.7 million, on a reported cost of $39 million.
In fifth place was Disney’s CRUELLA with $6.7 million over its third weekend on screens. The PG-13 prequel with Emma Stone as the 101 DALMATIANS villainess has a domestic total of $55.9 million and $129.2 million worldwide (it’s also available on Disney+ for an extra $30 fee).
The animated DreamWorks movie SPIRIT UNTAMED was in sixth place with $2.5 million as 59% of business went galloping away from its opening last weekend. The PG-rated Universal release has a ten-day domestic total of $10.9 million and $14.5 million worldwide, on a reported cost of $30 million.
Opening in seventh place was the R-rated sequel THE HOUSE NEXT DOOR: MEET THE BLACKS 2 with $1.06 million for the weekend on 420 (heh heh) screens.
Directed by Deon Taylor (FATALE, THE INTRUDER), the new horror-comedy with Mike Epps and Katt Williams cost a reported $3.5 million. The 2016 original (a spoof of THE PURGE) made $9.1 million theatrically on a budget of less than $1 million.
In eighth place was the R-rated Jason Statham action-thriller WRATH OF MAN with $615,000 for a domestic total of $25.9 million and a worldwide total of $124.6 million.
Opening in ninth place was the elderly romcom QUEEN BEES with $328,000 on 500 screens. The PG-13 movie stars James Caan, Ellen Burstyn, Jane Curtin and Christopher Lloyd.
Closing out the list was the R-rated horror movie SPIRAL: FROM THE BOOK OF SAW, while Disney’s animated fantasy RAYA AND THE LAST DRAGON finally checked out after three and a half months in the Top 10. Also departing the chart were GODZILLA VS. KONG, DEMON SLAYER – THE MOVIE: MUGEN TRAIN and DREAM HORSE.
Next week has Ryan Reynolds, Samuel L. Jackson and Salma Hayek shooting everything in the R-rated action-comedy sequel THE HITMAN’S WIFE’S BODYGUARD.
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