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31st May 2021

A Quiet Place Part II sets biggest box office record since the pandemic began

Rory Cashin

We’ll be able to watch it in cinemas in Ireland next week.

Believe it or not, the last BIG box office opening was Sonic The Hedgehog, when it debuted over Valentine’s Day Weekend in 2020 and banked $58 million in its first three days in the US, on its way to a final tally of $320 million worldwide.

Pretty much directly after that, the pandemic hit, and while studios have tested the waters with some big releases, their opening weekends (Tenet – $9 million, Wonder Woman 1984 – $16 million) proved that the world just wasn’t ready to go back to the cinema yet.

So you can imagine there was a huge sigh of relief this weekend when A Quiet Place Part II opened to $48 million in its first three days on American screens, expecting to reach around $60 million by the end of today (which is Memorial Day over there).

The constantly made joke that “Nature is Healing” seems pretty applicable here, showing that viewers – in the States, at least – are ready to go back to watching movies on the big screen, which is usually a pretty good indication of how the rest of the world will follow once their cinemas have safely reopened.

Other 2021 releases have made more money in markets where cinemas have been open for longer – Godvilla VS. Kong has made $435 million since it launched in March, while Fast & Furious 9 has already banked $230 million despite not being open in the US yet – but the receipts shown by A Quiet Place Part II are evidence that audiences in arguably cinema’s most important market are returning.

And with that news, we should fully expect distributors to start reshuffling their release schedules and making new announcements for when we will be seeing all of those blockbusters we’ve been missing out on since March 2020.

In the meantime, A Quiet Place Part II will arrive in Irish cinemas on Monday, 7 June. Keep an eye out for our interview with star Cillian Murphy on JOE this week!

Clip via Paramount

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