Box Office Wrap Up: Quiet Place Sneaks Back Into First Place.
A Quiet Place leapfrogs Rampage to return to the top spot despite strong debuts from newcomers.
New comedies I Feel Pretty and Super Troopers 2 had stronger than expected premiers, but it was a returning champion atop the box office this weekend. John Krasinski’s A Quiet Place continued its excellent run at the box office by regaining first place, having been narrowly dethroned last week by Dwayne Johnson’s action flick, Rampage. The strong showing from this week’s new releases coupled with the staying power of films like A Quiet Place, Black Panther, and Read Player One have combined to bring us within range of the biggest April domestic earnings on record.
This Week in Box Office History.
The box office had another solid weekend, dipping just 15% from last week but remaining 16% above the same frame last year. The total earnings of 125 million put the total for April 2018 at 639 million dollars. That is just 173 million dollars shy of last year’s total of 812 million, which is currently the record holder. It seems a sure thing now that 2018 will top that figure: Avengers Infinity War is seeing pre-sale numbers that indicate it could blow past previous Avengers movies, meaning an opening weekend that is going to top 200 million dollars easily. Even if Avengers steals most of the eyeballs away from the current slate of films, we’re probably looking at an upcoming weekend take north of 230 million dollars.
Top Movie Last Year: Fate of the Furious.
Top Movie Last Decade: The Forbidden Kingdom.
A Quiet Place continues to outpace similar recent horror movies. It retook the top spot with a solid third weekend earnings of 22 million, bringing its current domestic total up to 132 million. It currently sits just outside the top ten horror movies for domestic earnings, but is poised to overtake Split, The Blair Witch Project, and The Conjuring. The film will could go as high as the 5th spot, currently occupied by Jordan Peele’s hit Get Out, which A Quiet Place is currently outpacing.
Second place went to Rampage, which added 21 million dollars to its total earnings of 66,660,066 dollars. That’s a lot of sixes. While that is only half of its budget, as we mentioned last week the real story is how well the film is doing abroad. While it hasn’t made Warcraft-style money overseas, it has pulled in a hefty 216 million so far, with a few top markets still left to tap.
The third position fell to our first new wide release, Amy Schumer’s I Feel Pretty. The PG-13 comedy paced behind Schumer’s R-rated offerings, but still performed on the high end of studio estimates with 16 million dollars. That extra take was crucial in securing third place, as Super Troopers 2 was flashing its blue lights with a big weekend of its own.
Super Troopers 2 blew away projections for its premier, taking in 14 million dollars against a 13 million dollar budget. That is only 4 million dollars shy of the total domestic earnings of the first Super Troopers. Troopers 2 is currently the third best earning Broken Lizard comedy, and should it continue to have a strong showing in the coming weeks, it is likely to surpass the original (18.4) and Beerfest (19.1).
Traffik pulled out into 9th place in its initial weekend, taking in just shy of 4 million dollars. The thriller did decently with audiences but received a fairly uniform drubbing from critics.