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Box-Office Weekend: A Quiet Place Opens Loudly

Box-Office Weekend: A Quiet Place Opens Loudly

"A Quiet Place" was announced in March 2017, before Paramount's new management team was assembled. Ironically, Krasinski admits he's not that into horror movies.

It was a good weekend all around for movie-going in the United States as revenue spiked more than 36% over the same frame past year.

A Quiet Place was distributed by Paramount, who also owns the Cloverfield franchise.

As far as specialty releases, We Need to Talk About Kevin director Lynn Ramsey's new film You Were Never Really Here, starring Joaquin Phoenix, was released by Amazon Studios into three theaters in NY and L.A. where it grossed $132k or $44.3k per venue. "It's that zen thing of let life take you where it may and I never would have been here if I had gotten 'Captain America'". "AND GO SEE A QUIET PLACE", he wrote on Instagram.

The political drama, which cost $20 million to acquire and market, tells the story of a 1969 accident involving Massachusetts Sen. The movie - which barely earned $1 million dollars in limited release - scored only 45% positive reviews, though it once again attracted a stellar cast (Sharlto Copley, Charlie Day, Anna Kendrick, Richard Jenkins and Margo Martindale). But you don't get to a number like this without breaking free of the genre. "(ILM was) involved in the process, and they have said to me many times that this is one of their most favorite experiences, because they felt like they were part of the team".

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These moments of true actor responsibility are when "A Quiet Place" really shines, as it forgoes its jump-scare structure to make room for characterization. Like mentioned earlier, this got him another chance to create a movie and the big bet paid off. The horror-thriller dystopian film brings together real-life couple Emily Blunt and John Krasinski for the first time (yes that guy from The Office, and the spunky actress from Devil Wears Prada and Sicario).

Paramount Pictures found its first hit in two years over the weekend by making a wild bet on a almost dialogue-free horror movie. "I even got down and crawled like the creature on camera for ILM", Krasinski said.

"A Quiet Place" is now playing at UA Berkeley 7. Krasinski's new movie is about a family in fear that's surrounded by monsters, while Peele's was about a black guy in fear surrounded by white people. Similarly, turning to drama, while a great number of unbelievable films have been released in the years since the introduction of sound that convey emotions silently (watch the Carl and Ellie montage from Up and try not to tear up), have any come close to the best works of Nosferatu filmmaker F. W. Murnau or Russian film pioneer Sergei Eisenstein?

With A Quiet Place now being a massive success, the producers are even less interested in connecting their film or any potential sequels to the Cloverfield franchise.