'A Quiet Place' scares up $50 million to win the weekend box office

Paramount Pictures‘A Quiet Place.’
  • Paramount’s “A Quiet Place” wins the weekend box office with an estimated $US50 million.
  • That’s a huge profit for a movie made for only $US17 million.
  • “Black Panther” now is the third highest-grossing movie all-time at the domestic box office (not counting inflation).

Paramount’s frightening “silent” horror movie “A Quiet Place” proved audiences still love to go to the movies to get scared, as it won the weekend box office with an estimated $US50 million, according to boxofficepro.com.

That’s a huge success for a movie that has around 15 lines of dialogue and was made for just $US17 million.

Directed by John Krasinski, who also stars with his wife Emily Blunt, the movie follows a family trying to survive a group of monsters who are wiping out the human race by attacking anything that makes a sound.

Playing on over 3,500 screens, the horror took in an impressive $US19 million on Friday. Sunday’s $US50 million weekend estimate blows away the industry projects for the movie which ranged from mid-$US20 million to low $US30 million estimates for the weekend.

Thanks to the hype around the movie, which at one point had a perfect 100% score on Rotten Tomatoes, it was able to fend off strong competition.

After a strong $US41.7 million opening weekend, Warner Bros.’s “Ready Player One” dipped only 40% to earn $US25 million this weekend to come in second place. And Universal’s R-rated comedy “Blockers,” starring John Cena, took in an impressive $US21.4 million for third place.

And while all that was going on, Disney’s “Black Panther” is still chugging along. The movie’s domestic total is now at $US665.3 million, putting it in third place all-time at the domestic box office (not counting inflation), passing “Titanic” ($US659.3 million).

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