‘A Quiet Place’ roars back to top box office spot with $21 million

Paramount’s “A Quiet Place” has taken back the No. 1 spot from “Rampage” this weekend, earning a third weekend total of $21.8 million. That pushes the horror film’s domestic total to $132 million, higher than the North American run of “Transformers: The Last Knight,” and making it Paramount’s highest grossing domestic release since “Star Trek: Beyond,” which made $158.8 million in summer 2016.

“Rampage” will take second this weekend, pulling away from some unexpected competition with $9.1 million in its second Saturday, an 82 percent bump from Friday. Like in its opening weekend, matinee screenings were a big boost, and the WB/New Line film is now estimated to make $20.3 million in its second weekend, just a 43 percent drop from its $35.7 million opening and giving it a ten-day total of $65.9 million.

In third and fourth are this weekend’s two new comedy releases, STX’s “I Feel Pretty” and Fox Searchlight’s “Super Troopers 2.” “I Feel Pretty” has slowed down with $6 million made on Saturday, bringing its estimated opening to $16.2 million. That’s still slightly higher than pre-weekend projections, but lower than the $19.5 million start made by Amy Schumer’s last film, “Snatched.”

STX’s last comedy, “A Bad Mom’s Christmas” opened to $16 million back in November and went on to leg out a $72 million domestic run, but it will be a tough road for “I Feel Pretty” to post similar results as it tries to serve as comedy counter-programming in a blockbuster-filled May that starts with “Avengers: Infinity War” next weekend. “Bad Mom’s Christmas” only dropped 31 percent in its second weekend with $11.4 million, and “I Feel Pretty” will likely have to keep its drop off at 50 percent or less to reach a domestic run of over $50 million. The film earned a B+ on CinemaScore and 35 percent on Rotten Tomatoes.

“Super Troopers 2” is in fourth with an estimated $15 million, but this film is in a much better spot financially with a $5 million budget and pre-weekend projections of $8-9 million. This sequel to the 2001 cult film has brought fans of the original back to theaters, earning a B+ on CinemaScore and a 33 percent RT score.

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