A Quiet Place Part II won the weekend, relegating Disney’s Cruella to second fiddle.
The competition for first place between the two big wide-release films was certainly healthy for the box office, though the result was a bit of a one-sided drubbing. A Quiet Place II handily took the top spot, more than doubling the earnings of Disney’s Cruella. Cruella also premiered on Disney+ (for a hefty 30 dollar up-charge,) but as the Mouse didn’t disclose premier upgrade numbers for the film, so it’s hard to tell if the simultaneous streaming option ultimately cut into the film’s box office numbers.
This Week in Box Office History
The box office just missed cracking the 100 million dollar mark for the extended Memorial Day weekend. At 97 million dollars for the four day weekend and 80 million dollars for the traditional frame, it was handily the best weekend for earnings we’ve seen all year. In fact, you have to go all the way back to the first week in March of 2020 to match those earnings.
As you’d expect, the comparison to previous weeks’ numbers is off the chart. The traditional weekend total was up 300 percent compared to last week and around 40 thousand percent compared to last year. The last time Memorial Day fell on the final weekend of the month was back in 2016 when X-Men: Apocalypse was the top film. That weekend saw 205 million dollars in earnings, so 2021 managed to take in just under half that in Memorial Day earnings.
Top Film One Year Ago: The Wretched
Top Film Ten Years Ago: X-Men First Class
Top Film 30 Years Ago: Backdraft
Top Three Films.
A Quiet Place II took the top spot running away. It grossed 47 million dollars, another high water mark for the pandemic period, surpassing Godzilla Vs. Kong’s previous record of 31 million dollars. It also cleaned up with critics, sitting at 90% fresh on Rotten Tomatoes.
Cruella likewise tickled critics, though it struggled to compete with A Quiet Place II when it came to revenue. The Disney origin story for the titular Disney villain took in 21 million dollars at the box office.
Disney got a concession prize in the way of Raya and the Last Dragon popping back into the top three for the first time in a month. It took in 2 million dollars in its 13th week in release.
While most of the top ten were returning films, one new limited release did manage to snag a spot. Bo Gia, a family drama/comedy out of Vietnam, snagged the tenth spot with 350 thousand dollars in revenue. The film, already the highest grossing film of all time in its home country, put up impressive numbers, as it was only showing in 20 theaters and still managed to pull down a higher per-screen average than even A Quiet Place II.
Top Ten Films