‘A Quiet Place’ prequel box office hit

This image released by Paramount Pictures shows Lupita Nyong'o in a scene from "A Quiet Place: Day One."
This image released by Paramount Pictures shows Lupita Nyong'o in a scene from "A Quiet Place: Day One." Paramount Pictures via AP

“A Quiet Place: Day One ” is making noise at the box office. The prequel earned an estimated $53 million in its first weekend in North American theaters, according to studio estimates Sunday.

This image released by Paramount Pictures shows Joseph Quinn, left, and Lupita Nyong'o in a scene from "A Quiet Place: Day One."
This image released by Paramount Pictures shows Joseph Quinn, left, and Lupita Nyong'o in a scene from "A Quiet Place: Day One." Paramount Pictures via AP

It’s both a franchise-best and significantly more than expected. Going into the weekend, prerelease tracking had “Day One” pegged for a $40 million debut, but audiences were clearly more enthusiastic to see the action-horror starring Lupita Nyong’o and Joseph Quinn and released by Paramount. The same could not be said for Kevin Costner’s “ Horizon: An American Saga — Chapter 1,” which opened to $11 million.

The ”Quiet Place” victory wasn’t quite enough to snag the coveted first place spot on the charts, though. That honor again went to Disney and Pixar’s juggernaut “ Inside Out 2,” which added an estimated $57.4 million in its third weekend in theaters, and crossed $1 billion globally.

This image released by Warner Bros. Pictures shows Kevin Costner in a scene from "Horizon: An American Saga-Chapter I." Warner Bros.
This image released by Warner Bros. Pictures shows Kevin Costner in a scene from "Horizon: An American Saga-Chapter I." Warner Bros. Pictures via AP

There's a distant possibility that the places will shift when actuals are released Monday. But either way it’s good news for movie theaters in a summer season that’s finally heating up but still running far behind last year (down 19%) and pre-pandemic norms (down 36% from 2019).

“Inside Out 2” continues to be a box office phenomenon, the likes of which the industry hasn’t seen since “Barbie” almost a year ago. In just three weeks of release, it's earned nearly $470 million in North America and $545.5 million internationally, bringing its global total to $1.01 billion. The sequel is the only 2024 release to cross the billion dollar mark and it did it in just 19 days, a record for an animated film.

This image released by Warner Bros. Pictures shows Jamie Campbell Bower, left, and Kevin Costner in a scene from "Horizon: An American Saga-Chapter I." Warner Bros.
This image released by Warner Bros. Pictures shows Jamie Campbell Bower, left, and Kevin Costner in a scene from "Horizon: An American Saga-Chapter I." Warner Bros. Pictures via AP

“The film’s stunning global success once again illustrates that audiences the world over will respond to compelling, entertaining movies, and that they want to enjoy them on the big screen,” said Michael O’Leary, president and CEO of the National Association of Theatre Owners, in a statement.

“A Quiet Place: Day One,” directed by Michael Sarnoski and rated PG-13, is also fast approaching an important threshold out of the gates. Including the $45.5 million from international showings in 59 markets, the $67 million production has already made $98.5 million.

Kevin Costner, the director, co-writer and star of "Horizon: An American Saga," arrives at the premiere of the film at the Regency Village Theatre, Monday, July 24, 2024, in Los Angeles.
Kevin Costner, the director, co-writer and star of "Horizon: An American Saga," arrives at the premiere of the film at the Regency Village Theatre, Monday, July 24, 2024, in Los Angeles. AP Photo

“There's a lot of love for the ‘A Quiet Place’ franchise,” said Chris Aronson, the head of domestic distribution for Paramount. “We listened to the fans who wanted to expand the universe.”

In a rare feat for a third film, it opened higher than both “A Quiet Place” ($50.2 million opening in April 2018) and “ A Quiet Place: Part II ” ($47.5 million opening in May 2021). John Krasinski, who wrote and directed the first two, continued serving as a producer. AP

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