With pre-release predictions placing the debut of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s stage-to-screen adaptation at around $20 million, In the Heights fell well short of expectations, pulling in a soft $11.4 million in its first weekend, leaving space for A Quiet Place 2 to reclaim the top spot at the domestic box office. Meanwhile, Peter Rabbit 2 hopped its way into third place with a respectable $10.4 million bow.
1. A Quiet Place 2
In a surprise turn of events, Paramount’s A Quiet Place 2 took home first place prize at the box office this weekend after the disappointing start of Warner’s In the Heights. After experiencing a sharper than expected second-weekend drop last weekend, A Quiet Place 2 made up for that and then some this weekend by only dropping by 39.5 percent. In the process, A Quiet Place Part II passed the $100 million domestic mark this weekend, which makes it the first film to surpass the domestic landmark since the re-opening of theatres. It got there before Godzilla vs. Kong. The 17-day total for A Quiet Place 2 currently stands at an impressive $108.9 million.
Overseas, the horror thriller has made $90.2 million to date, putting its current worldwide total at $199.2 million.
2. In The Heights
Warner’s In the Heights debuted in a close second place this weekend with an estimated $11.4 million. The Jon M. Chu-directed theatrical adaptation of the stage musical had been widely expected to easily take first place this weekend, due in part to the immense popularity of Miranda’s Hamilton. Part of the reason may be that the film was also readily available to HBO Max subscribers for free and it also lacked an A-list cast.
On a positive note, In the Heights looks to be going over very well with the audiences that saw it as the film received a strong A rating on CinemaScore. The film’s strong word of mouth should help it hold up well next weekend.
3. Peter Rabbit 2
Not far behind, Sony’s Peter Rabbit 2 debuted in third place this weekend with an estimated $10.4 million. The Will Gluck-directed sequel opened towards the lower end of pre-release expectations. While Peter Rabbit 2 didn’t come close to the $25 million pre-pandemic debut of its predecessor, the film hadn’t been expected to reach those same heights heading into the weekend.
To date, the film has racked up $57.9 million abroad, bringing its worldwide box-office total to $68.3 million.
4. The Conjuring 3
In fourth place was last weekend’s champion, The Conjuring 3 which scared its way to another $10 million in its second weekend. The ten-day domestic start for the film stands at $43.7 million. Impressively, that is just ahead of the pre-pandemic $43.6 million ten-day start of 2019’s Annabelle Comes Home.
The film has made $68 million from international markets, bringing it’s two-week cumulative worldwide gross to $111.8 million.
Disney’s Cruella rounded out the weekend’s top five with an estimated $6.7 million. That represented a solid -39% drop from the previous time frame. Cruella had been holding up extremely well during the midweek, but understandably lost some momentum over the weekend due to new competition from both In the Heights and Peter Rabbit 2. Cruella passed the $50 million domestic mark this weekend and has grossed $55 million through 17 days.
Cruella has also piled on another $73.3 million internationally, bringing its cumulative worldwide box-office total to $129.3 million.