John Krasinski’s A Quiet Place Part 2 has been smashing the pandemic box office records as it’s managed to gross over $125 million in the United States.
Lionsgate’s The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard looks set to take in just shy of $15m across its opening weekend in the US.
The only real new release for the US starring Samuel L Jackson, Salma Hayek and Ryan Reynolds is on point for previous predictions.
A Quiet Place Part 2 continues to dominate in its 4th weekend and will remain in second place taking an extra $7-8m for the biggest US pandemic gross a $125m.
Elsewhere Peter Rabbit 2 will come well behind in third place with around another $5m gross and the constant date changes and non-Easter release seem to have affected its US takings hugely.
A Quiet Place Part 2 is doing very well at the US box office
In the UK, In The Heights is expected to continue to struggle, even with the National Lottery free ticket promotion running across the 19-20th weekend. It’s surely a huge disappointment for Warner Bros. Pictures both domestically and abroad.
A tight finish between The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard and A Quiet Place Part 2 will define the number one and number two slots respectively.
With a rainy wet weekend seen so far in many areas in the UK and Ireland, the box office has the potential to increase on the previous week.
But analysts cannot underestimate the impact of Euro 2021 especially the England/Scotland games which we expect to have made a hit on Friday with the England vs Scotland game.
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The Sony Pictures Animation was due to release July 23rd (which always seemed off for a ‘Halloween’ movie, but Deadline reported Friday that the film was moving to an October slot in the US after an underwhelming opening for Peter Rabbit 2 stateside.
However, this hasn’t been confirmed for other markets such as the UK, as on the same day this news hit, social media channels such as Sony Pictures UK Twitter were advertising the film’s UK release in July.
So, we expect for now the UK still sees the summer release.
Will Black Widow beat A Quiet Place Part 2’s record?
All eyes look to Black Widow with the Marvel/Walt Disney blockbuster releases for the first Marvel movie in almost 2 years.
Estimates range from $65-100 million for its opening weekend in the US alone, but it has drawn heavy criticism from Cinema chains with demands from the House of Mouse.
The film is currently scheduled to release in the US/UK on July 9th both at the Cinema and on demand Disney Plus for a premium price.
However, the studio has confirmed it will have a 2-day ‘exclusive window’ at Cinemas now from July 7th with a whopping 60%+cut from ticket sales heading to Walt Disney.
Which seems incredibly discourteous to struggling Cinemas across the globe after the past 12 months, who now have to fight against premium-on-demand sales from Disney Plus.
Analysts are predicting if the film does well enough on-demand, then Walt Disney may just throw caution to the window and stick to a cinematic and on-demand release for every film from now on.
They have nothing to lose, and everything to gain if it’s successful.
Before we jump ahead to Black Widow, the next juggernaut release is Fast 9, and is expected to be a key driver of audiences returning to the cinemas to kick off the Summer season.
The film already sits on $271m worldwide gross after opening in China, Egypt, Hong Kong, Russia, South Korea and in the Middle East.
It opens up in the US/UK/Australia in the week ahead. Certainly, pre-pandemic the film could have been expected to reach if not exceed $1 billion worldwide.
It’ll be interesting to see if there is any drop off (despite the pandemic) due to the lack of Dwayne Johnson or Jason Statham.
What are your predictions for Fast 9?
Will it smash the box office or will it struggle?
Have you seen A Quiet Place Part 2 yet?
Will you be watching any of these films this week?
Let us know in the comments below.
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