A Quiet Place 2 had its release date pushed back multiple times, but finally came out this weekend. It’s doing incredibly well with critics and audiences with a 91% critics score and a 94% audience rating on Rotten Tomatoes. More than that, it’s currently only available in theaters and so many people went to see it. It made an estimated $57 million over the Memorial Day weekend, which is consistent with what it was expected to make before the pandemic hit. In fact it had the biggest opening weekend of the pandemic!
The movie business is breathing a little easier after Paramount’s “A Quiet Place Part II” roared to $57 million over the Memorial Day Weekend. It’s a sign that cinemas are back after more than a year of pandemic era closures, capacity restrictions, and skittish customers.
But the public health situation is changing dramatically, at least in this country, and that’s fueling optimism among exhibitors and studios. More than 60% of U.S. adults have had a least one shot of the vaccine and there is even some research that suggests 70% of Americans could be vaccinated by the summer. Last week, AMC, Regal and Cinemark announced that they will no longer require fully vaccinated guests to wear face masks.
What makes “A Quiet Place Part II’s” results particularly notable is that they are roughly in line with what the movie was projected to make prior to the pandemic.
“We’re happy for the industry,” said Chris Aronson, Paramount’s distribution chief. “We’re happy for movie theaters. This is a referendum on the future of moviegoing, so there’s a lot to celebrate.”
I saw A Quiet Place 2 at the earliest matinee on Sunday. It was my first time back at the movies and it was so worth the experience! About half of the three other groups of people were masked. I sat in a side section and kept my mask on most of the time. The movie was so good and was a rare sequel that didn’t feel phoned in. I was surprised at how entertaining and well written it was. This is great news that movies seem to be coming back, but I like the option of renting first run films at home too. I hope that more movies are available at home even after the theaters open. Also I’m disappointed that masks aren’t required at these major theater chains, but am not surprised. That’s mostly on the CDC.