It looks like the return of theaters this summer is off to a great start. Just one year ago, people were ready to bury cinemas across the world. They claimed COVID-19 would put them out of business.
And while some major chains filed for bankruptcy, and some small-town theaters were forced to close their doors, theaters across the world are back for the most part.
They had their first real test on Thursday night with the preview opening of ‘A Quiet Place Part II’
The sequel premiered at over 3,000 locations in the U.S. on Thursday and made an impressive $4.8 million. That’s actually more than the original film got during its first day (4.3 million)
So theaters are hoping those numbers continue throughout this holiday weekend. If this continues, A Quiet Place Part II could make around $50 million this weekend.
That might be wishful thinking, considering projections say around $30 or $35 million, but I think they may be in for a surprise.
The follow-up film — again directed by John Krasinski and led by Emily Blunt — is tracking to have a smaller, though still successful, opening weekend. It’s currently projected to make $30 million through Sunday and $36 million by the time Monday’s holiday rolls around. However, those projections are on the conservative side and could easily increase if momentum sustains through the weekend.
If you’re looking for something to do this weekend, go watch the film…support your local theater. Eat some popcorn.