Box-Office Preview: 'A Quiet Place,' 'Blockers' to Battle 'Ready Player One'
Ted Kennedy scandal pic 'Chappaquiddick' and inspirational movie 'The Miracle Season' also open nationwide.
After a troubled run at the box office, Paramount could make a comeback with A Quiet Place, a high-concept horror-thriller directed by John Krasinski.
In addition to helming duties, Krasinski also stars in the Platinum Dunes-produced film opposite Emily Blunt (his real-life wife), Millicent Simmonds and Noah Jupe. According to tracking, A Quiet Place should open in the $20 million-$25 million range, possibly enough to unseat Steven Spielberg's Ready Player One, which heads into its sophomore weekend.
A Quiet Place — sporting a near-perfect 99 percent Rotten Tomatoes score — follows a family of four who must remain silent to ward off mysterious creatures that hunt by sound. The pic cost a modest $17 million to produce before marketing.
Krasinski's movie opens opposite several other films, including the latest R-rated comedy from Universal, Blockers.
Helmed by screenwriter Kay Cannon in her feature directorial debut, Blockers is a raunchy coming-of-age tale about a group of teenagers determined to lose their virginity on prom night. The big hitch: Their parents learn of their plan.
Leslie Mann, Ike Barinholtz and John Cena star alongside Kathryn Newton, Geraldine Indira Viswanathan and Gideon Adlon.
Blockers, with a current Rotten Tomatoes score of 88 percent, could hit $20 million in its debut, a strong showing considering the recent R-rated comedy slump.
Both Blockers and A Quiet Place staged their world premieres at the SXSW Film Festival, as did Spielberg's Ready Player One, which debuted domestically last weekend to $41.8 million.
The two other films opening nationwide on Friday — Ted Kennedy scandal pic Chappaquiddick and The Miracle Season — are headed for far more modest openings.
Director John Curran's Chappaquiddick, which recounts the 1969 car accident that forever damaged Kennedy's presidential aspirations, is tracking to open to a troubled $2 million to $4 million. Byron Allen's Entertainment Studios paid $4 million for U.S. rights to the indie film following the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival, plus a $16 million marketing commitment.
Chappaquiddick stars Jason Clarke as Kennedy and Kate Mara as Mary Jo Kopechne, the young political aide who was left to drown after Kennedy drove his car off a tiny bridge.
The film's Rotten Tomatoes score is currently 79 percent.
The Miracle Season, directed by Sean McNamara (Soul Surfer), tells the inspirational story of a Midwestern volleyball squad dealing with the death of their team leader. Helen Hunt, William Hurt, Erin Moriarty and Danika Yarosh star.
The movie's distributor, Mirror/LD, hasn't yet screened the drama for critics. The Miracle Season is tracking to open to $3 million.