(UPI) – A Quiet Place Part II is the No. 1 movie in North America, earning $11.7 million in receipts this weekend, BoxOfficeMojo.com announced Sunday, become the first pandemic era film to top $100 million in U.S. ticket sales.
Coming in at No. 2 is In the Heights. The musical, which premiered simultaneously in theaters and on streaming service HBO Max, earned an A rating on Cinemascore and a 96% “fresh” score on the review aggregation site Rotten Tomatoes. Even though sites like Gold Derby had predicted a $25-$50 million dollar opening, the film only pulled in $11.4 million. The director posted this though, so many expected the “energy” was happening nationwide.
I snuck into some theaters tonight to see how audiences are reacting… and OH MY GAWD the time has come for REAL!!! The movies are back!!! This energy was insannnnneeeeee. You must see it to believe it!!! #InTheHeightsMovie 🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥 pic.twitter.com/CQeDNiP8Kb
— Jon M. Chu (@jonmchu) June 11, 2021
It wasn’t. The film was also released on HBO Max, but in case you think that impacted the ticket sales, think again.
[“In the Heights”] also underperformed on the streaming service compared to other new Warner Bros. movies.
693,000 US households watched at least five minutes of “In the Heights” on HBO Max over the weekend via connected TVs, according to estimates from the analytics company Samba TV. Samba TV tracks viewership on connected TVs, which include smart TVs, streaming devices like Roku, and gaming consoles.
HBO Max has 45 million subscribers. Those viewing totals are abysmal.
At number three was Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway with $10.4 million, then The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It finished at No. 4 with $10 million and Cruella at No. 5 with $6.7 million. Rounding out the top tier are Spirit Untamed at No. 6 with $2.5 million, The House Next Door: Meet the Blacks 2 at No. 7 with $1 million, Wrath of Man at No. 8 with $615,000, Queen Bees at No. 9 with $330,000 and Spiral at No. 10 with $305,000. Several of the films in the Top 10 are also streaming online in an effort to reach as many people as possible during the coronavirus pandemic.
One year ago from March 13-15, the last weekend before most theaters closed because of the pandemic, the total gross at the box office was about $54 million. This weekend, the Top 10 grossed about $55 million.