• Box Office

World Box Office, May 24-31, 2021

Thanks to the loud-and-clear, stronger-than-expected performance of A Quiet Place Part II, combined with the solid showing of Cruella, the recent Memorial Day weekend buoyed hopes that moviegoing attendance is indeed back with a vengeance.

With the one-two punch of John Krasinski’s sequel to his 2018 horror hit and Emma Stone’s origin story of the puppy-hating villainess, it was the first weekend in over a year when the North American box office ticket sales exceeded $100 million.

Performing way more than predicted, A Quiet Place Part II, starring Emily Blunt, Millicent Simmonds, and Noah Jupe, earned $48.3 million on its three-day haul and marked the biggest domestic bow in the COVID-19 health crisis era. The film, also boosted by critical acclaim, beat previous record holder, Godzilla vs. Kong.

With Monday’s Memorial Day take added in, the sequel’s total four-day ticket receipts were estimated at $58.5 million. The horror drama, also featuring Cillian Murphy and Djimon Hounsou, set a record as well as the biggest opening for IMAX since early 2020 with three-day and four-day earnings of $4.1 million and $5 million, respectively.

Cruella, which presents Emma as the younger version of the fur coat-wearing, cigarette holder-brandishing character memorably played by Glenn Close in 1996’s 101 Dalmatians, took in $26.5 million on its four-day holiday run.

Comprising the rest of the top five domestic winners (four-day earnings indicated) were Chris Rock’s Spiral ($2.9 million), Jason Statham’s Wrath of Man ($2.8 million) and Disney’s Raya and the Last Dragon ($2.6 million).

The rest of the Top 10 finishers were Alexander Skarsgard’s Godzilla vs. Kong ($852,000), Toni Collette’s Dream Horse ($652,373), Angelina Jolie’s Those Who Wish Me Dead ($545,000), Lewis Tan’s Mortal Kombat ($260,000) and Bob Odenkirk’s Nobody ($106,000).

Overseas, A Quiet Place Part II also made a lot of noise at the box office. The John Krasinski-directed movie premiered in 12 international territories and easily drew $22 million on its weekend bow. In China alone, the movie which follows anew the Abbott family as they continue to grapple with the creatures who hunt by sound, raked in $15 million.

Cruella, which also has Emma Thompson and Joel Fry on its cast, collected $16.9 million.

But Vin Diesel’s F9 still raced to the top and kept its number one spot in the international box office slalom race with $31 million. The Justin Li-helmed action-adventure caper scored another victory by crossing $200 million in the overseas market.

Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga’s The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It opened in two territories with $3.9 million. James Corden’s Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway sold $4.6 million in tickets for total overseas revenues so far of $36.8 million.

Director Haruo Sotozaki’s phenomenal anime film, Demon Slayer: Mugen Train, was expected to cross the $500 million global benchmark in the recent weekend.

In the SVOD ratings race, Netflix’s Shadow and Bone, Eric Heisserer’s adaptation of Leigh Bardugo’s young adult fantasy adventure novel of the same name, topped Nielsen’s chart for the week of April 26 to May 2.

Making it to the rest of the Top 10 streaming shows were The Handmaid’s Tale, The Circle, The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, The Crown, The Great British Baking Show, Life in Color with David Attenborough, Invincible, Longmire, and Lucifer.