A box office milestone! The Paramount Pictures film, “A Quiet Place II,” is the first pandemic-era film to gross over $100 million at the box office through its theatrical-only release. A sequel to 2018’s “A Quiet Place,” the film is directed by John Krasinski, returning to the director’s chair after leading the 2018 film.
“A Quiet Place II” stars Emily Blunt and takes place just after the deadly events of the first film, continuing the Abbott family’s dangerous trek through a post-apocalyptic, alien-invaded planet Earth. On Friday, the film became the first movie in the pandemic era to cross the $100 million mark domestically upon finishing the day with $101 million in ticket sales.
The last film to have earned north of $100 million in North America was “Sonic the Hedgehog,” which debuted in mid-February 2020.
More impressively is that the film accomplished the feat in just 15 days, and while “Godzilla vs. Kong” is also on the verge of reaching this box office milestone, it took it nearly three months into its theatrical run to achieve this goal.
All this comes as COVID-19 policies reach a period of easement and cinemas continue to reopen for the general public, and while films like “A Quiet Place II” have seen box office success, other films have not been as lucky.
Lin-Manuel Miranda and Jon M. Chu’s “In the Heights” fell under just $13 million despite predictions that it’d reach at least $20 million by the end of its weekend debut. However, both films have performed well with critics, with “In the Heights” reaching a Rotten Tomatoes score of 96% and “A Quiet Place II” with 91%, both are critically acclaimed.
“In the Heights” and “A Quiet Place II” are both available to watch in cinemas, but “In the Heights” can also be watched via HBO Max with a subscription.