March went out like a lion at the box office this past weekend, with the Warner Bros. adaptation Ready Player One taking in $41.7 million in its domestic opening, while the movie also fared quite well overseas, with $127.5 million, for a worldwide debut of $181.2 million. The movie's reign at the top may be short-lived, with four movies arriving in wide release, Universal's R-rated comedy Blockers, Paramount's thriller A Quiet Place, Mirror/LD's drama A Miracle Season and Entertainment Studios' thriller Chappaquiddick. Barring either an extremely huge or extremely minimal decrease from Ready Player One, it should be a very close race between Steven Spielberg's sci-fi fantasy, Blockers and A Quiet Place, but ultimately A Quiet Place should come out on top with a projected $26.8 million, followed closely behind by Blockers and Ready Player One.
A Quiet Place has been building a steady stream of buzz since the first "silent" trailer surfaced last year, and after premiering at the SXSW Film Festival last month to exceptionally glowing reviews. With just a few days left until it hits theaters, A Quiet Place still has a 100% Fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes intact, out of 47 reviews. While there will be many more reviews flooding in over the next few days, it will be interesting to see how the RT score will fluctuate, if it will at all. Its main competitor Blockers has also been a critical hit with an 87% rating, and we're projecting a second place debut of $24.5 million, followed by Ready Player One in third with $22.6 million.
Blockers is also coming off a strong, critically-acclaimed debut at the SXSW Festival, and while it's certainly rare for an R-rated comedy, should give A Quiet Place a run for its money. Blockers is expected to have the highest rollout this weekend with an estimated 3,300 theaters, while A Quiet Place is expected to roll out in 3,200 theaters. The Miracle Season is expected to roll out in 1,700 theaters with Chappaquiddick debuting in 1,500 theaters this weekend. Chappaquiddick is also winning favor with the critics with a 74% rating on RT, although there is not enough reviews for The Miracle Season just yet.
We're predicting that the top 10 will be rounded out by Tyler Perry's Acrimony in fourth place with $11.3 million, followed by Black Panther ($8.4 million), I Can Only Imagine ($6.8 million), Pacific Rim Uprising ($4.4 million), Sherlock Gnomes ($3.2 million), Chappaquiddick ($3 million) and The Miracle Season ($2.7 million). Also slated to debut in limited release is A24's Lean On Pete, Well Go USA's The Endless, Abramorama's The Heart of Nuba, Warner Bros.' Pandas, Cohen Media Group's Spiral, Great Poin's Where Is Kyra? and Amazon Studios' You Were Never Here. There is no indication yet as to whether or not these movies will expand into wide release or not.
Looking ahead to next weekend, four more newcomers arrive in wide release, with Warner Bros./New Line's Rampage, Universal's Truth or Dare, Neon's Borg Vs. McEnroe and Fun Academy's Sgt. Stubby: An American Hero. Fox Searchlight is also expanding Isle of Dogs nationwide after two successful weekends in limited release. Take a look at our projected top 10 for the weekend of April 6, and check back on Sunday for the top 10 estimates, courtesy of Box Office Mojo.
|1||A Quiet Place|
|3||Ready Player One|
|6||I Can Only Imagine|
|7||Pacific Rim Uprising|
|8||Gnomeo & Juliet: Sherlock Gnomes|
|10||The Miracle Season|