A Quiet Place part II earned another $3.9 million yesterday, bringing its week-long total to $69 million. That’s the biggest non-opening Thursday (sorry Godzilla Vs. Kong) since January 2, 2020’s single-day earnings for The Rise of Skywalker ($9.2 million on day 14) and Jumanji: The Next Level ($6.7 million on day 21). At this point, the weekday numbers are so strong that we may see a big drop on weekend two just because so many folks satiated their desire to see the film before the second Fri-Sun frame. But that’s a conversation for tomorrow.
The news today is that Paramount has officially dated the in-development Quiet Place spin-off for March 31, 2023. No, it’s not a threequel, but the Jeff Nichols-directed flick will take place in the same universe. Without going into spoilers, certain elements of John Krasinski’s A Quiet Place Part II absolutely felt like backdoor pilot/spin-off set-up material for the aforementioned next chapter. We’ll see how that comes to pass, but with around over/under $100 million worldwide as of tonight, Paramount and Platinum Dunes are either very happy with the performance or performatively expressing approval.
Cynicism aside, there’s little reason not to presume a good-faith commitment, since A) it looks like the $61 million A Quiet Place part II should have little problem tripling its budget by the end of its global run and B) I’m guessing the spin-off will be a lot cheaper to produce. Moreover, with strong reviews and solid buzz heading into weekend two, there’s little reason not to presume decent general audience interest in A Quiet Place movie that isn’t A Quiet Place part III. This tracks with what was supposed to be a two-year gap between the first two Emily Blunt-starring flicks.
I’m guessing an actual threequel can be penciled in for early 2025. If “He Who Must Not Be Named” pulls a Grover Cleveland and wins reelection in 2024, maybe Quiet Place 3 will be a documentary. Anyway, Nichols is an excellent choice for a grounded, naturalistic and (in terms of costumes and sets) minimalist horror flick. Heck, so few people saw his dynamite Midnight Special that Paramount could snatch up the rights to that Michael Shannon/Kirsten Dunst/Adam Driver sci-fi flick, rerelease it as A Quiet Place Presents: Midnight Special and save a fortune.
Whether or not Paramount succeeds in turning A Quiet Place into a cinematic universe, one must note that they learned the right lessons from The Conjuring Universe, waiting until the first flick proved unexpectedly good and unexpectedly successful before going “Hey, you want more of this?” Heck, if this does work, maybe A Quiet Place can adopt the sad, lonely and exiled Curse of Llorona and make it part of their world. Anyway, Jeff Nichols’ spin-off flick sits alongside Paul King’s Wonka prequel as the first two biggies for March 2023.