There's no getting around it: "A Quiet Place Part II" debuted with a bang at the box office
, grossing a pandemic-best $48 million over the holiday weekend, as moviegoers returned in droves.
According to the film's studio, Paramount, the sequel to John Krasinski
's hit 2018 horror film outperformed expectations to become the biggest domestic debut of a film released during the ongoing COVID-19
pandemic, grossing $58.5 million through Memorial Day
“A Quiet Place Part II,” starring a shotgun-wielding Emily Blunt as a woman who leads her family through a post-apocalyptic world infested with monsters, was expected to open in the $40 million range, given the number of theaters still closed or operating at a reduced capacity across the country.
However, the sequel has nearly outperformed the first film's $50 million opening, which went on to earn $340 million worldwide, and has been seen in 3,726 theaters across the country.
The film has now surpassed “Godzilla vs. Kong,” which grossed $30 million in its three-day opening weekend and was simultaneously released on HBO Max
as part of the streaming service’s content deal
with Warner Bros.
As this weekend's sole release exclusively in theaters, "A Quiet Place Part II" is the biggest blockbuster to debut exclusively in theaters since "Tenet" opened in September 2020. Many had hoped the Christopher Nolan-directed film would revitalize the struggling cinema industry at the time, but it went on to become one of the most high-profile, pandemic-era box-office bombs.
The live-action reimagining of the iconic villain starring Emma Stone is expected to bring in an estimated $26.5 million over the four-day holiday weekend, despite being made available to subscribers of the studio's streaming service.
Before the pandemic disrupted the entertainment
industry, “A Quiet Place Part II” was set to be released in March of last year, and the film bounced around Paramount’s release schedule. When the sequel was first postponed, Krasinski stated that he would rather delay the film indefinitely than not have people
experience it together in the theater.
“One of the things I’m most proud of is that people have said our movie is one you have to see all together,” he said at the time in a social media
statement. “Well, due to the ever-changing circumstances of what’s not going on around us now is clearly not the right time to do that. As insanely excited as we all are for you to see this film, I’m going to wait to release the film until we can all scream together.
will be able to watch
the sequel at home before long, as “A Quiet Place Part II” will soon be available on Paramount+, the studio’s streaming service, following a 45-day theatrical release window.