This weekend the domestic box office took a major step on the road to recovery mostly thanks to Paramount’s A Quiet Place Part II and Disney’s Cruella. In what was easily the biggest overall weekend at the domestic box office since March 2020, Cruella and especially A Quiet Place Part II both exceeded their already relatively lofty expectations heading into the Memorial Day holiday weekend.
1. A Quiet Place 2
Paramount’s A Quiet Place 2 debuted in first place this weekend with an estimated $48 million over the three-day time frame. That easily topped the $31.6 million opening weekend of Godzilla vs Kong to register the largest opening weekend performance since the pandemic. A Quiet Place 2 also delivered the largest opening weekend of any film since all the way back in February of 2020, when fellow Paramount release Sonic the Hedgehog debuted with $58 million over its first three days. Also, the film nearly matched the $50.2 million pre-pandemic debut of A Quiet Place back in April of 2018. The four-day weekend estimate for the film currently stands at $58.5 million. Internationally, A Quiet Place Part II started out with an estimated $22.0 million from 12 international markets. That places the film’s global total through Sunday at $70.4 million. Overseas debuts for the film this weekend included $14.9 million launch in China, $4.0 million in Australia, $1.5 million in Indonesia, and $790,000 in New Zealand. This coming Thursday A Quiet Place 2 will open in Russia and the United Kingdom.
While it had to settle for a distant second place this weekend, Disney’s Cruella was off to a very solid start of its own with an estimated $21.3 million over the three-day period. That represented the fourth largest three-day opening weekend since the re-opening of domestic theatres; behind only A Quiet Place Part 2, Godzilla vs Kong, and Mortal Kombat. The four-day estimate for Cruella is about $26.5 million.
Cruella debuted with an estimated $16.1 million internationally this weekend from 29 markets. That places the film’s global total through Sunday at $37.4 million. International debuts for Cruella this weekend included $2.6 million in Mexico, $2.5 million in South Korea, $2.2 million in the United Kingdom, and $1.3 million in Australia. Cruella will open in additional international markets in the coming week, including Russia on Thursday and China on Sunday.
In third place were Lionsgate’s horror flick Spiral, which took in just under $2.3 million over the weekend’s first three days and an estimated $2.9 million for the four-day frame. The latest R-rated Saw installment saw its receipts fall off a steep -50.5% from the previous session while earning a $760 per-screen average in 2,991 theaters. Its three-weekend absolute is $19.8 million. The film added an additional $6.8 million abroad to date, lifting its worldwide total to $27.2 million.
4. Wrath of Man
In fourth place was Jason Statham’s Wrath of Man. The United Artists’ action-thriller added $2.1 million domestically, which represented a -29.5% dip from the previous weekend. Its total currently stands at $22.1 million. However, the film continues to translate well overseas, where it has accumulated $57.7 million in foreign markets, bringing the film’s combined worldwide gross to an absolute of $80.5 million.
5. Raya and the Last Dragon
Disney’s Raya and the Last Dragon was down one spot from last weekend to round out the top five over the three-day weekend with an estimated $1.9 million. The film’s four-day weekend estimate currently stands at $2.57 million, which is up 54 percent over last weekend’s three-day performance. This weekend saw Raya and the Last Dragon pass the $50 million domestic mark, which only four other films have done thus far since the re-opening of theatres (Tenet, The Croods: A New Age, Godzilla vs. Kong, and A Quiet Place Part 2). The total absolute for Raya and the Last Dragon stands at $51.4 million. Overseas, Raya has racked up $77 million so far, pushing its current worldwide total to $128.5 million.
On the international front, Universal’s F9 grossed an estimated $30.9 million in its second weekend from 8 select international markets. That brings the current international cume to $229 million. F9 experienced a very sharp 85 percent drop in China to take in $20.8 million this weekend, although, its total their is $185.3 million to date.