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Box Office: John Krasinski And Emily Blunt’s ‘A Quiet Place’ Makes Horror Movie History

John Krasinski, Emily Blunt, Noah Jupe, and Millicent Simmonds in ‘A Quiet Place’

Just how big is A Quiet Place? Well, at the very least, it’s going to be the biggest domestic grosser of the month and the second-biggest domestic earner of the year (for the moment) behind Black Panther. It snagged one of the biggest horror debut weekends of all time, fell by just 34% and then snagged one of the very biggest (unadjusted) second weekends for any somewhat scary movie. Paramount/Viacom Inc. has needed a hit like this for two years, and they may (emphasis on “may”) get their biggest domestic grosser since Transformers: Age of Extinction back in June of 2014.

A Quiet Place earned another $32.6 million in its second weekend, dropping just 35% for a $99.6m ten-day cume. That $32.6m weekend is, sans inflation, the sixth-biggest scary movie second weekend ever behind only Jurassic World ($105m in 2015), It ($60m in 2017), Jurassic Park ($38m in 1993), The Lost World ($34.1m in 1997), The Mummy Returns ($33.7m in 2001) and I Am Legend ($33.5 in 2007). Yes, inflation means that it has sold fewer tickets in its second weekend than the likes of World War Z ($29m in 2013), and Hannibal ($29m in 2001), but those films did not cost $17m back in their day.

The second-weekend drop is itself a marvel. Get Out fell 15% in its second weekend from a $33 million debut last year and The Sixth Sense fell 3% from a $26m debut in 1999. Oh, and the likes of The Blair Witch Project, The Ring and Paranormal Activity either opened slow or added a bunch of screens in their second wide release weekends. Beyond those offerings, it’s essentially The Boy (-29% from a $10.5m debut in 2016) and the likes of

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