Estimates have the horror sequel matching the $50 million 3-day opening of its 2018 predecessor
Paramount’s “A Quiet Place — Part II” has given the Memorial Day weekend box office exactly the kind of boost theaters were hoping for. The horror sequel earned $19.3 million from 3,726 theaters on Friday — including $4.8 million from Thursday previews — and is now on pace to blow by all pre-release expectations with a $57 million 4-day weekend.
With so much uncertainty surrounding the box office because of COVID-19, studios have urged analysts not to compare this summer’s releases to past films. But “A Quiet Place — Part II” is currently on pace to nearly match the $50 million 3-day opening weekend of its 2018 predecessor, shrugging off the 50% theater auditorium capacity limit still present in California and about 20 other states. Projections for the film this week had been in the $40 million range for the 4-day period.
Reception for the sequel has also been very strong with critics giving the film a 90% Rotten Tomatoes score while audiences have given it an A- on CinemaScore.
The strong numbers come as the nation’s three biggest theater chains — AMC, Regal and Cinemark — announced on Friday that customers would no longer be required to wear masks if they are vaccinated, following an advisory made by the CDC.
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