This amount not only exceeded past estimates, which predicted the film would gross over $ 30 million, but above all it was a good start for an industry that was in desperate need of success.
The opening of “A Quiet Place Part II” is the biggest national start to the era of the pandemic to date. Paramount said the sequel is expected to gross $ 58.5 million over the four-day holiday weekend.
However, with the rise of vaccinations and the easing of Covid restrictions, it appears the box office has once again found its roots.
The numbers for this weekend are impressive as the pandemic is still ongoing and many theaters are not yet at full capacity. The theater industry still has a long way to go before it returns to normal, but it couldn’t ask for a better start to its most lucrative season.
“A Quiet Place Part II” was a perfect way to kick off the summer’s box office since horror is one of the most trusted genres in cinema – a genre arguably best to watch in a theater filled with screaming strangers.
Shawn Robbins, chief analyst at Boxoffice.com, noted that horror films have traditionally been the mainstays of the box office “during the sluggish and healthy times of business.”
“They appeal to a wide range of demographics and can often turn out to be real crowd pleasers,” he said. “Building on that kind of precedent absolutely suggests that a sequel with wide mainstream appeal was a fantastic candidate to serve as a major marker in the rebound of the pandemic era of cinema.”
It also helps that “A Quiet Place Part II” was rated well, scoring 91% on the review site, Rotten Tomatoes.