“A Quiet Place” Returns to No. 1, While Comedies Make Their Mark


April 20-22, 2018

(estimates from BoxOfficeMojo.com)


A Quiet Place $22.0 million
Rampage $21.0 million
I Feel Pretty $16.2 million
Super Troopers 2  $14.7 million
Truth or Dare $7.9 million

After slipping to No. 2 in its second weekend, A Quiet Place swapped spots with Rampage to regain its pole position. While most horror films feature a big drop, then crater shortly thereafter, A Quiet Place is showing the staying power of two of 2017's biggest movies: It and Get Out. This one's success is closer to the latter, not just because its success isn't as massive, but also because there wasn't any built-in audience, other than the folks who turn out for horror. A Quiet Place is now the second-biggest movie of the year (or the biggest movie not named Black Panther, depending on how you want to look at it). Of course, it will be eclipsed by the summer movie season starting next weekend, but its success won't be forgotten by Hollywood.

Rampage dropped to No. 2, earning an ominous-looking $66,600,066 so far. In a few days, it will be the fifth-biggest video game movie ever, though it's unlikely to be one of the three to cross the $100 million. (The others are the first Tomb Raider and The Angry Birds Movie.) For Dwayne Johnson, though, this is just chump change.

Though they only debuted at No. 3 and No. 4 respectively, both I Feel Pretty and Super Troopers 2 ought to feel pretty good. The former was another decent debut for Amy Schumer. While it's less than Trainwreck or Snatched, the high-concept comedy overcame bad reviews and serious competition to find an audience. It won't make a ton more at the box office, but should do even better on home video and streaming. And no one was expecting this from Super Troopers 2. The belated sequel from comedy troupe Broken Lizard was actually the No. 1 movie on Friday, and debuted with an astonishing $14.7 million. Before next weekend, it will have already made more money than the original did in 2002. Truth or Dare rounded out the top 5.

Outside the top 5:

  • This Weekend's Indie Champ: Playing on just one screen, the horror stage play adaptation Ghost Stories took in $12,563.
  • Traffik, a new thriller starring Paula Patton and Omar Epps that featured some very odd marketing, debuted in ninth place with just $3.8 million.
  • Don't expect another sequel to Pacific Rim. Uprising has made just $58 million domestically and $223 million internationally. That's well below the $411 million the original made worldwide in 2013.

Next week:

The summer seasons starts a week early with Avengers: Infinity War. It's going to be No. 1. It's going to make more than $200 million. But just how high will it go? I still don't think it can top The Force Awakens record-setting debut, but $225 million for second place seems doable. My other prediction: It will finish its run with less than Black Panther.


About Kip Mooney

Kip Mooney
Like many film critics born during and after the 1980s, my hero is Roger Ebert. The man was already the best critic in the nation when he won the Pulitzer in 1975, but his indomitable spirit during and after his recent battle with cancer keeps me coming back to read not only his reviews but his insightful commentary on the everyday. But enough about a guy you know a lot about. I knew I was going to be a film critic—some would say a snob—in middle school, when I had to voraciously defend my position that The Royal Tenenbaums was only a million times better than Adam Sandler’s remake of Mr. Deeds. From then on, I would seek out Wes Anderson’s films and avoid Sandler’s like the plague. Still, I like to think of myself as a populist, and I’ll be just as likely to see the next superhero movie as the next Sundance sensation. The thing I most deplore in a movie is laziness. I’d much rather see movies with big ambitions try and fail than movies with no ambitions succeed at simply existing. I’m also a big advocate of fun-bad movies like The Room and most of Nicolas Cage’s work. In the past, I’ve written for The Dallas Morning News and the North Texas Daily, which I edited for a semester. I also contributed to Dallas-based Pegasus News, which in the circle of life, is now part of The Dallas Morning News, where I got my big break in 2007. Eventually, I’d love to write and talk about film full-time, but until that’s a viable career option, I work as an auditor for Wells Fargo. I hope to one day meet my hero, go to the Toronto International Film Festival, and compete on Jeopardy. Until then, I’m excited to share my love of film with you.

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