A Quiet Place smashes weekend box office while Blockers fights off R-Rated comedy curse

The John Krasinski and Emily Blunt made $50 million over three days

Jack Shepherd
Monday 09 April 2018 09:57 BST

Forget Pacific Rim Uprising and Ready Player One, both blockbusters have been blown out of the water at the North American box office as A Quiet Place debuts to $50 million.

Directed by John Krasinski and featuring Emily Blunt – the actor’s real wife – has managed a terrific weekend, already making back its $17 million (and then some).

The huge weekend marks the second-best three-day bow of any movie this year in the United States, only behind Black Panther’s record breaking $202 million. Globally, the movie has already made $71 million, with many more markets to open.

Altogether, the weekend was strong for cinema goers, Steven Spielberg’s Ready Player One only falling 40% from its first weekend to take $25.1 million.

The VR adventure has been doing particularly well globally, taking $391.3 million, the bulk of which - $161.2 million - has come from China.

Other new openers include Blockers, the Leslie Mann and John Cena-starring, Seth Rogan-produced movie that took $21.4 million, the highest-grossing weekend of an R-Rated comedy since Girls Trip’s $31 million debut.

Chappaquiddick, a drama centred on the headline-making 1969 car accident that saw an innocent passenger killed and ruined Ted Kennedy’s presidential aspirations, also outdid expectations with a $6.2 million weekend.

Meanwhile, Black Panther has continued to make millions, now with a domestic total of $665.4 million – beating Titanic’s total – and making $1.3 billion globally.

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