In a Memorial Day weekend to be remembered Paramount Pictures A Quiet Place Part II saw the box office rebound to near pre-pandemic numbers. Back in 2020 the John Krasinski directed sequel had been forecast an opening weekend around $60M. In 2021 that forecast fell to a number in the low 40’s.
But with most 60% of American adults now vaccinated, horror fans were out in force raking in $48.4M in the three-day window between Friday and Sunday. Adding in the projected Monday numbers and A Quite Place Part II (reviewed here) has grossed a hugely impressive and pandemic record-breaking $57M. That figure easily breaks the $32M pandemic record set by Warner Bros.’ Godzilla vs. Kong back in March.
The Emily Blunt starrer also flew out of the gate in international markets. Despite opening in only 12 markets so far, the film pulled in a further $22M between Fri-Sun for a global opening in the region of $79M. Despite only confirming on Tuesday that the film would open in China on Friday it was still able to gross an impressive $15M. Even without the Chinese box office, Part II is currently tracking around 66% ahead of its 2018 predecessor.
In second place this week was Disney’s Cruella (reviewed here). Despite also being available for a $30 (£20) premium fee on Disney+ the Emma Stone film pulled in an impressive $21.3M across the three-day weekend. Projections for the four-day weekend put the film at $26.5M. These numbers earn the film an impressive $5,472 per-screen average in 3,892 locations.
Internationally, Cruella has opened in 29 markets, accounting for roughly 66% of its global footprint. The film grossed an estimated $16.1M across international markets for a global opening in the region of $42M. It’s worth noting that US audiences scored the film with an ‘A’ grade from CinemaScore, higher that A Quiet Place Part II‘s ‘A-‘ score, indicating the film could have significant legs in the coming weeks.
Landing in third place this week was Lionsgate’s latest Saw sequel, Spiral (reviewed here). The film took in just under $2.3M across the Fri-Sun frame with estimations for Memorial Day Monday around $600K for a $2.9M weekend. That’s a steep -50.5% fall on the previous week and a $760 average per-screen from 2,991 theatres. After four-weeks in release the ninth film in the franchise has now grossed an estimated $19.8M. Internationally, Spiral brought in a further $6.8M, its global total now sits at $27.2M.
In fourth place this week was Jason Statham action-thriller Wrath of Man. The film added a further $2.1M domestically, representing a -29.5% dip from the previous weekend. Projections for the four-day weekend put the film at $2.8M. It’s North America total now sits at $22.1M after four weeks in release. The film continues to play incredibly well internationally, it has now amassed an impressive $57.7M in foreign markets for a global total around $80.5M.
Rounding out the top five again this week, in its thirteenth week at the box office, was Disney’s Raya and the Last Dragon (reviewed here). The family-friendly animated adventure pulled in just under $2M, a rise of +19.7% on its previous weekend. Projections for the four-day weekend put the animated film at $2.6M. It’s domestic total now rests at $50.9M whilst globally the film has grossed around $128.5M. An incredible performance for a film which is also available on Disney+.
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