‘A Quiet Place’ prequel earns big, Costner’s Western struggles

“Inside Out 2” continues to be a box office phenomenon

Joseph Quinn, left, and Lupita star in “A Quiet Place: Day One.” (Gareth Gatrell / Paramount Pictures via AP)

“A Quiet Place: Day One” is making noise at the box office. According to studio estimates, the prequel earned an estimated $53 million on Sunday in its first weekend in North America.

It’s both a franchise-best and significantly more than expected. Going into the weekend, prerelease tracking had “Day One” pegged for a $40 million debut. However, audiences were more enthusiastic to see the action-horror starring Lupita Nyong’o and Joseph Quinn and released by Paramount. The same could not be said for Kevin Costner’s “Horizon: An American Saga — Chapter 1,” which opened to $11 million.


The “Quiet Place” victory wasn’t enough to snag the coveted first-place spot on the charts. That honor again went to Disney and Pixar’s juggernaut, “Inside Out 2,” which added an estimated $57.4 million in its third weekend in theaters and crossed $1 billion globally.

“Inside Out 2” continues to be a box office phenomenon. In just three weeks of release, it’s earned nearly $470 million in North America and $545.5 million internationally, bringing its global total to $1.01 billion. The sequel is the only 2024 release to cross the billion-dollar mark, and it did it in just 19 days, a record for an animated film.

“The film’s stunning global success once again illustrates that audiences the world over will respond to compelling, entertaining movies and want to enjoy them on the big screen,” said Michael O’Leary, president and CEO of the National Association of Theatre Owners, in a statement.

“A Quiet Place: Day One,” directed by Michael Sarnoski and rated PG-13, is also fast approaching a vital threshold. Including the $45.5 million from international showings in 59 markets, the $67 million production has already made $98.5 million.

“There’s a lot of love for the ‘A Quiet Place’ franchise,” said Chris Aronson, the head of domestic distribution for Paramount. “We listened to the fans who wanted to expand the universe.”

In a rare feat for a third film, it opened higher than both “A Quiet Place” ($50.2 million opening in April 2018) and “A Quiet Place: Part II” ($47.5 million opening in May 2021). John Krasinski, who wrote and directed the first two, continued serving as a producer.

“It’s one of those rare horror franchises that has generated incredible goodwill with audiences and critics alike,” said Paul Dergarabedian, the senior media analyst for Comscore.

Playing on 3,708 screens in the U.S. and Canada, nearly 40% of its domestic earnings came from “premium screens,” including IMAX and other large formats. It entered the marketplace with primarily positive reviews (84% on Rotten Tomatoes); Audiences gave it a B+ CinemaScore and four out of five stars on PostTrak.

“We put together a compelling package, but I think it also shows people want to go to the movies,” Aronson said. “The marketplace works when there are choices and something for everybody.”

The start for “Horizon,” meanwhile, was sluggish. Though older audiences, the ones most likely to support a Western epic, don’t typically rush out to see films on opening weekend the way people often do for horrors and superheroes, the road ahead will not be easy: Reviews have not been great, and it got an underwhelming B- CinemaScore.

The stakes are also slightly different for “Horizon,” a $100 million production that Costner financed and partnered with Warner Bros. to distribute. It opened in 3,334 locations. A decades-old passion project, he mortgaged property in Santa Barbara, California, to fund it and exited “Yellowstone” to see it through. In a bold, unconventional strategy, “Chapter 2” arrives in theaters later this summer, on Aug. 16.

The top 10 shows show audiences favor franchises and “known commodities” over originals. “Bad Boys: Ride or Die,” which has already been in theaters for four weeks, was right behind “Horizon.”

“If you can’t find something that appeals to you at the multiplex right now, you’re not looking hard enough,” Dergarabedian said.

1. “Inside Out 2,” $57.4 million

2. “A Quiet Place: Day One,” $53 million

3. “Horizon: An American Saga — Chapter 1,” $11 million

4. “Bad Boys: Ride or Die,” $10.3 million

5. “Kalki 2898 AD,” $5.4 million

6. “The Bikeriders,” $3.3 million

7. “The Garfield Movie,” $2 million

8. “Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes,” $168.1 million

9. “Jatt & Juliet 3,” $1.5 million

10. “Kinds of Kindness,” $1.5 million