Prick up your ears, Middle Kingdom. After its noisy domestic opening last weekend, and a very encouraging $21M offshore debut in just half of its international box office footprint, A Quiet Place has secured a theatrical release in China. The John Krasinski-helmed horror thriller will go out on May 18 in mainland cinemas, Deadline understands.
Horror films are not typical fare for the Middle Kingdom, so this is a notable get for Paramount and Platinum Dunes. The latter’s Michael Bay is a big draw in the market via the Transformers franchise, however. The most recent film in the genre to score a China release was Universal/Blumhouse’s Happy Death Day.
A Quiet Place surprised in its North American debut this past weekend, bowing to $50M and knocking Steven Spielberg’s Ready Player One off its top perch. Overseas, its weekend gross in like-for-like markets was 79% above the debut of Get Out, 70% ahead of Don’t Breathe and on par with Split.
Horror fans in Latin America gave the Krasinski/Emily Blunt-starrer strong starts while the UK was the biggest dollar debut at $3.6M. The offshore bow was a terrific start for the story of a family forced to live in silence while hiding from creatures that hunt by sound.
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There are many majors to come, including Russia, Korea, Germany, France and Spain throughout April and into the summer, now along with China.
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