Get your popcorn ready, because there’s another blockbuster movie in theaters. Despite the horror film’s remarkable silence, “A Quiet Place” made some serious noise at the box office this past weekend, roaring into a No. 1 spot for its debut. This horror film shattered Hollywood’s predictions.
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The film was the brainchild of John Krasinski, best known for his comedic chops playing perennial prankster Jim Halpert from NBC’s “The Office.” The actor co-wrote, directed and co-starred in the film, acting alongside his real-life wife, Emily Blunt.
Currently sitting firmly as the No. 1 movie in the country, the film destroyed its modest box-office predictions of $20 million in earnings, clocking in with a huge $50 million in its debut weekend. Krasinski’s low-budget debut also knocked Steven Spielberg’s “Ready Player One” from the top spot in the rankings, earning nearly double its $25 million take at the box office. “A Quiet Place” also bested the John Cena-fronted comedy “Blockers,” which opened in third place with $21 million. The film marks yet another box-office smash in recent months, following the record-breaking success of “Black Panther” in February.
Following the trend of successful horror movies — “Get Out” and “It” have both overperformed in the past year — the film also benefited from a steady buzz from its debut at the South by Southwest film festival, as well as its celebrity power couple co-stars. Krasinski, who shared in a recent Vulture interview that he might have struggled to shed the persona of a paper salesman from Scranton, Pa., found that when it comes to leading-man status, silence speaks volumes.
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