'A Quiet Place — Part II' Revives Box Office With $58.5 Million Memorial Day Opening

Paramount sequel pushes overall weekend totals to $100 million for the first time since the pandemic began

Jeremy Fuster

Paramount

The box office is definitely back. On Memorial Day weekend, Paramount’s “A Quiet Place — Part II” is defying the cautious expectations analysts and studio execs have set for weeks with an estimated $58.8 million 4-day opening from 3,726 screens.

Prior to the pandemic, independent projections for the horror sequel had been set at $50 million-plus for a 3-day opening in March 2020, but concern over how quickly audiences would return to theaters kept projections in the $40 million range for this extended weekend. Now the film has nearly matched the $50 million opening of its 2018 predecessor with a 3-day opening estimate of $48 million, topping “Godzilla vs. Kong” for the best post-pandemic launch.

Of course, “Quiet Place II” wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t embraced by critics and audiences as much as the first film, and that is just what has happened with a 90% critics score on Rotten Tomatoes and an A- from audiences on CinemaScore. The first film had a 96% RT score and a B+ on CinemaScore.

Also opening this weekend is Disney’s “Cruella,” whichestimates currently have earning a $26.5 million 4-day opening from 3,892 screens. The film’s performance is likely being affected by its simultaneous PVOD release, with Disney releasing the film for $30 to Disney+ subscribers. The villain origin story starring Emma Stone has earned an A on CinemaScore — same as Angelina Jolie’s “Maleficent” films — to go with a 73% critics score on Rotten Tomatoes. The film has also added $16.1 million from 29 markets for a global launch of $43 million, including Memorial Day estimates.

Combined, the two new releases have pushed overall weekend totals to around $80 million for the 3-day period and $100 million for the 4-day period, by far the largest totals for the domestic market since the pandemic began. While that’s not enough to keep this Memorial Day weekend from being the lowest grossing for the holiday in over 25 years — 2019 saw a 4-day overall total of $232 million — the presence of two well-received wide releases will provide the box office with the kind of holdover support that it has been missing for over a year and should keep numbers rising as more films like “In the Heights’ and “F9” arrive next month.

Speaking of “F9,” the Universal blockbuster has crossed $200 million in global grosses this weekend, adding $30.8 million from eight markets for a total of $229 million. But in China, lukewarm reception has caught up to the blockbuster, leading to a stunning drop of 85% from the film’s $135 million opening for a 10-day total of $185 million. The film has a Maoyan rating of 7.5/10, far below the scores of 9/10 or higher that Chinese audiences have given previous “Fast & Furious” films on the site. Korea was somewhat better with a 42% drop to $3.7 million, giving it a total of $15.2 million after two weekends to put it on the same pace as “Furious 7” in that country.

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