The horror film ‘A Quiet Place: Part II’ opened in North America this weekend to great fanfare and with figures not seen since the pandemic, when the curbs of Covid began to fall and the theaters began to fill up again. After the brutal years of dark screens and empty seats in Hollywood, movies are starting to return. “The symbolic importance of this Memorial Day Weekend for the movie theater industry cannot be overstated,” said Paul Dergarabedian, a senior analyst at Comscore. The numbers, he says, ‘tell an indisputable story about the resilience and continued relevance of the big-screen experience.’ The latest ‘Quiet Place’ – a sequel to John Krasinski’s popular 2018 film about a young family trying to outwit frightening blind monsters with terrifying audiences – is expected to raise $ 58.5 million for the four-day Memorial Day weekend . industry viewer Exhibitor Relations. The film will be released on June 10 in the UAE. It raised the combined gross for the top 12 films of the weekend to $ 78.1 million, compared to $ 18.8 million the previous weekend and to a zero in the corresponding 2020 weekend. “This is good for the future of the theater exhibition and is therefore a great relief for the film industry in general,” Dergarabedian said.
In second place for the weekend was Disney’s live action ‘Cruella’ at $ 27 million. The film, with the grinning Emma Stone as the title baddie and Emma Thompson in a supporting role, has a way of achieving the box office status of its predecessor ‘One Hundred and One Dalmatians’ in 1961, but the first weekend was seen as “promising,” Variety said, given conditions. ‘Cruella’ can also be broadcast on the Disney + channel in the USA and plays in the UAE cinemas. There was a sharp decline to third place, which went to Lionsgate’s horror film ‘Spiral’ at $ 3 million. Chris Rock, Max Minghella and Samuel L. Jackson are the latest additions to the ‘Saw’ franchise. The film appears in the UAE. In fourth place, at $ 2.8 million, was ‘Wrath of Man’, from United Artists. The action thriller, directed by Guy Ritchie, portrays Jason Statham as an armored truck driver who thwarts a robbery but then comes under unwanted attention due to his difficult past and the Eid release was in the UAE. And in fifth place was Disney’s computer-animated fantasy ‘Raya and the Last Dragon’ at $ 2.4 million. The cast of mainly Asian-Americans includes the voices of Kelly Marie Tran as Raya, Awkwafina, Gemma Chan and Sandra Oh.