We know that a bad horror film can still find an audience on opening weekend, but what happens when a good genre film enter the fray? Audiences respond. Loudly.
Good horror had a huge impact at the box office this weekend, as A Quiet Place grabbed the number one spot with an outstanding $50 million debut. A strong story and a unique take on the genre got audiences into theatres, and makes John Krasinski a director on the fast track to the A-list.
As for the rest of the top five, Ready Player One fell to second place with $25.1 million. It managed to drop only 40% week to week, and is close to passing the $100 million. It has a ways to go in North America to prove profitable, but clearly audiences are finding the film.
The new adult comedy Blockers debut in third place with a solid $21 million. This is stronger than many anticipated, but decent reviews and counter programming to A Quiet Place made Blockers a valid choice for audiences.
Black Panther was in fourth place with $8.4 million, raising its total to $665.3 million, making it the third most successful in North American box office history.
Finally, I Can Only Imagine closed things out in fifth place with $8.35 million.
So, to recap, here were our predictions:
1) A Quiet Place – $32 million
2) Ready Player One – $25 million
3) Blockers – $17 million
4) Tyler Perry’s Acrimony – $8 million
5) Black Panther – $7.5 million
And here’s how the weekend went down:
1) A Quiet Place – $50 million
2) Ready Player One – $25.1 million
3) Blockers – $21 million
4) Black Panther – $8.4 million
5) I Can Only Imagine – $8.35 million
Next weekend sees the release of Rampage. Be sure to check back on Friday to see our predictions!