A huge surprise at the box-office this weekend, as the third weekend of A Quiet Place Part II pulls off a victory over Jon M. Chu’s In the Heights.
The crowd-pleasing Lin-Manuel Miranda musical (our review here) was projected to net in the $20M+ range for the weekend, yet despite a marketing blitz and flashy Tribeca Festival screenings it still only managed to come up with $11.4M, which wasn’t enough to beat the $11.65M third week haul for John Krasinski’s horror sequel.
So, what went wrong for In the Heights? Debates will surely center on the fact that it arrived day-and-date on HBO Max, but that was true of films like Godzilla vs. Kong and The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It which still found plenty of success at the box-office. Despite a 58% drop in its second weekend (rather typical for horror films), the Conjuring sequel nearly beat In the Heights with its fourth place finish at $10.02M.
The question of In the Heights’ massive underperformance will continue to be discussed, but its box-office disappointment also throws into question potential awards buzz that likely would have relied on it being a massive $100M+ summer blockbuster, something it surely won’t be able to achieve now.
With its first place finish, A Quiet Place Part II became one of the rare films in the COVID era to crack $100M at the domestic box-office, a sign that not everyone is struggling to get back into the groove with theaters opening back up.
See below for this weekend’s full Top 10 at the domestic box-office (numbers reported by Deadline):
01. A Quiet Place Part II – $11.65M (-40%) – 3,515 theaters
02. In the Heights – $11.4M (-) – 3,456 theaters
03. Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway – $10.4M (-) – 3,346 theaters
04. The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It – $10.02M (-58%) – 3,237 theaters
05. Cruella – $6.7M (-39%) – 3,307 theaters
07. Spirit Untamed – $2.5M (-59%) – 3,394 theaters
08. Wrath of Man – $615K (-51%) – 3,394 theaters
09. Queen Bees – $328.3K (-) – 500 theaters
10. Spiral: From the Book of Saw – $305K (-66%) – 1,572 theaters