The Stephen King Approved A Quiet Place took the number one slot at the box office this weekend, knocking Steven Spielberg's Ready Player One to the number two position. The thriller directed by John Krasinski, who also stars in the movie, easily went past initial estimates to a $50.3 million opening in 3,508 theaters. The opening puts it at number two for highest grossing debut of the year, behind Marvel's Black Panther, which has just surpassed Titanic to become the third highest grossing movie of all time in North America.
A Quiet Place had some considerable buzz before its debut, but not many expected an opening weekend of over $50 million. The horror film has been praised by critics and moviegoers who were taken aback by the use of silence in the movie as well as the clever sound design that adds a heavy amount of tension throughout the duration of A Quiet Place. Stephen King fully endorsed the movie, calling it "spectacular," and praising the use of silence, ringing praise from the horror legend.
Coming in at number two for the weekend box office is Steven Spielberg's Ready Player One, which earned $25 million. The Easter Egg-heavy movie has now earned $97 million domestically in the two weeks that it has been in theaters. However, the movie seems to be doing a lot better overseas where it has earned over $160 million in two weeks. At number three was the debut of Blockers, which earned an impressive $21.4 million for the comedy. Blockers, which follows a group of adults trying to stop their daughters from losing their virginity, currently has an 83 percent on Rotten Tomatoes and also has a strong buzz going for it like A Quiet Place.
Black Panther took the 4th position at the box office this week with $8.4 million, taking the grand domestic total to $665.3 million. The Marvel movie is now the third highest grossing movie of all time domestically after beating Titanic's $659.3 million. Ryan Coogler's movie has proven to be an unprecedented box office sensation and a cultural phenomenon across the board, surprising even Disney. Black Panther is now the highest grossing superhero movie to be released thus far, but it will have some major competition with itself when Infinity War is released later this month.
I Can Only Imagine took the fifth position, following Black Panther with $8.4 million. Two other debuts, Chappaquiddick and The Miracle Season premiered above initial estimates. Chappaquiddick opened with $5.9 million, while The Miracle Season saw $4 million. Comedy and horror are the clear winners at this weekend's box office, with all eyes on A Quiet Place, which will probably end up earning quite a bit more at the box office in its run. Black Panther continues to break records, even 2 months into its theatrical run. You can check out the rest of the box office entries over at Box Office Mojo.