The thriller A Quiet Place took the top honors at the domestic box office this weekend pulling in an estimated $50 million including Thursday night previews.
The John Kraskinski-directed film surged well past expectations that landed in the mid-$30 million range in part to strong word of mouth – it has a B+ rating from audience pollster CinemaScore – and an impressive 97% Rotten Tomatoes score.
Steven Spielberg’s ode to 1980s and 90s pop culture nostalgia, Ready Player One, slipped to number two on the box office charts in its second weekend. The adaptation of Ernest Cline’s 2011 novel brought in another $25 million, bringing its domestic total to $96.9 million.
The comedy Blockers, also opening this weekend, was the third highest grosser with an estimated $21.4 million in domestic ticket sales. It is possible that that figure could have been higher but with A Quiet Place breaking out of just the traditional horror film demographic for its audience, may have siphoned off some ticket buyers who would have gone for the R-rated comedy.Blockers also had a solid CinemaScore – a B – and a solid rating of 83% on Rotten Tomatoes.