‘Inside Out 2’ Stays No. 1 While ‘Quiet Place: Day One’ Opens to Strong $53 Million at Box Office

Disney/Pixar’s “Inside Out 2” continues to show spectacular holds at the box office, staying en route to its third No. 1 weekend with a $56 million total as it staves off a franchise record $53 million opening from Paramount’s “A Quiet Place: Day One.”

By the end of this weekend, “Inside Out 2” will have passed $450 million in domestic grosses and will cross $1 billion worldwide sometime during the extended Fourth of July weekend.

While the sequel may start seeing steeper drops due to competition from “Despicable Me 4,” it is on pace to pass $600 million in domestic grosses and set a new animation record before inflation adjustment when it passes the $608 million of fellow 2018 Pixar film “Incredibles 2.”

While “A Quiet Place: Day One” will settle for second, it’s still a box office win for Paramount’s horror spinoff as its $53 million launch has topped the two previous “Quiet Place” films despite not having any of its main characters. The first “Quiet Place” opened to $50 million before inflation adjustment in 2018, while its 2021 sequel opened to $47 million over three days on Memorial Day weekend.

Carrying a $67 million production budget due to the larger scope of the film and its New York setting, “Day One” is considerably pricier than the $17 million budget of the first “Quiet Place.” But it will still turn a theatrical profit as audiences and critics alike are giving it positive reception with Rotten Tomatoes scores of 84% critics and 73% audience to go with a B+ on CinemaScore, the same grade as the first “Quiet Place.”

In third is Warner Bros.’ “Horizon: Am American Saga — Chapter 1” with an anemic $11.5 million opening from 3,708 screens. While meeting pre-release projections, it carries a $100 million budget financed through foreign sales, investors and writer-director Kevin Costner’s own money, with Warner Bros. only handling distribution.

With “Chapter 2” of his planned four-film saga set to come out in August, Costner is banking on his fans — particularly older, male moviegoers — coming out over several weeks to see the film. But audience reception seems to be as mixed as critical reception with a B- on CinemaScore to go with Rotten Tomatoes scores of 39% critics and 69% audience. Fourth of July weekend will reveal if there’s any chance of “Horizon” legging out over the next month.

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