- Paramount Pictures
- Paramount’s “A Quiet Place” is back on top of the domestic box office with $22 million this weekend.
- It’s now made $132 million domestically (with only a $17 million budget).
- “I Feel Pretty” ($16.2 million) and “Super Troopers 2” ($14.7 million) had solid opening weekends.
This weekend marks the last before Disney/Marvel Studio’s “Avengers: Infinity War” opens and pretty much sucks up the majority of the box office for the next few weeks, so the rest of Hollywood tried to get its dollars in now before the faucet is turned off.
For the most part, they were successful.
After the worldwide success of Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s latest movie “Rampage” last weekend, Paramount’s surprise hit “A Quiet Place” continues to amaze as it’s back on top of the domestic box office in its third weekend in theaters. The movie earned an estimated $22 million this weekend, according to Exhibitor Relations.
That now puts its domestic total at $132 million (it was made for just $17 million).
“Rampage” came in second with $21 million. The Warner Bros.’ hit dropped under 50% domestically this weekend to land in third place, a respectable drop and even more impressive seeing the movie is based on a video game, a genre that historically isn’t a big draw past the first weekend. The movie has made over $192 million worldwide.
- Fox Searchlight
But the big surprise of the weekend was the performance of “Super Troopers 2.”
The sequel to the now cult classic 2002 release from comedy troupe Broken Lizard that follows the antics of five Vermont state troopers took in $14.7 million this weekend. That’s far above its $5 million to $7 million projection for the weekend.
The movie, released by Fox Searchlight, won Friday with a $7.9 million take (pretty much making up its $5 million production budget in one day). It also didn’t hurt that the date on Friday was 4/20, a marketing godsend for a marijuana-focused franchise.
“I Feel Pretty,” released by STX Films/Voltage/Wonderland Sound, also exceeded its industry projections ($11 million to $14 million), which is a major rebound for Schumer, who lost a lot of points with audiences and critics with the disappointing comedy “Snatched” last year.
Warner Bros. is also happy to see its Steven Spielberg hit, “Ready Player One,” cross the $500 million milestone at the worldwide box office. That includes over $200 million in China, making it the 10th-highest grossing US-made release in the Middle Kingdom all-time.