Weekend movie preview: ‘A Quiet Place’ set to scare off the competition

    Emily Blunt plays Evelyn Abbott in A QUIET PLACE, from Paramount Pictures. (Photo: Paramount Pictures)

    (KUTV) This weekend sees the wide release of horror flick “A Quiet Place,” the adult comedy “Blockers.” It also sees Wes Anderson’s “Isle of Dogs” expanding to 547 theaters with the rest of its national rollout happening next week.

    Left to right: Noah Jupe plays Marcus Abbott, Millicent Simmonds plays Regan Abbott and John Krasinski plays Lee Abbott in A QUIET PLACE, from Paramount Pictures. (Photo: Paramount Pictures)

    “A Quiet Place,” co-written, directed by and starring John Krasinski, follows a family as they try to avoid being discovered by an alien race that has systematically taken out most of the world’s population. The aliens are blind, but possess a heightened sense of hearing.

    The film, which also stars Emily Blunt, Noah Jupe and Millicent Simmonds, has reviewed very well and brought in $4.3 million from Thursday night screenings.

    Paramount Pictures is predicting that “A Quiet Place” will finish the weekend around $17 million, but experts believe the total is likely to be closer to $30 million. Studios tend to be conservative when it comes to predicting opening weekends, but that divide is particularly wide. I’d love to see the film open above $30 million, but even if it finishes at $25 million, that should be enough to put it in first place.

    “Blockers,” a comedy starring Leslie Mann, John Cena and Ike Barinholtz as three parents desperately trying to keep their daughters from losing their virginity on Prom night. I, unfortunately, missed the critics’ screening, but I’m told the film is an enjoyable sex romp. Reviews are decent, but will the movie be able to make more than $20 million and find itself in second place come Monday morning?

    (L-R) PHILIP ZHAO as Sho and TYE SHERIDAN as Parzival in Warner Bros. Pictures', Amblin Entertainment's and Village Roadshow Pictures' action adventure "READY PLAYER ONE," a Warner Bros. Pictures release. (Photo: Warner Bros.)

    Because last week’s champion, “Ready Player One,” is expected to come in with $20 million, a drop in the area of 50 percent.

    “Isle of Dogs,” Wes Anderson’s film about a near-future Japan where all dogs are banished to a landfill island, has already made $7 million in limited release and is expected to finish this weekend with an additional $5 million. This will likely land the film in seventh place as “Acrimony,” “Black Panther” and “I Can Only Imagine” all expect to finish the weekend with $7 million.

    Ptosha Storey as “Brenda,” Taraji P. Henson as “Melinda” and Nelson Estevez as “Casey” in ACRIMONY. (Photo: Lionsgate)

    On the local front, Utah sees the release of "Trek," a LDS comedy that follows a group of teens as they embark on a reenactment of the Mormon pioneers travel westward. I personally found the film to be a major step back from “Once I Was a Beehive.” It was like reading a 200-page essay in ALL CAPS. DDon't even get me started on the film’s treatment of any character who doesn't fit within the cookie-cutter mold.

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