A Quiet Place is projected to earn big at the box office with an estimated $45-$47 million during its opening weekend.
The horror-thriller film, directed by The Office's John Krasinski, earned critical acclaim when it debuted at SXSW earlier this year. One month later, it made its way to 3,508 theaters and already raked in $18.9 million on its opening day, according to Deadline. If the momentum continues, its opening weekend numbers could nearly triple the movie's production budget of $17 million.
It seems likely as well since the film has been praised for its unique use of sound—or rather its lack thereof—by critics and movie-goers alike. As its title suggests, A Quiet Place follows a family who must live in silence to avoid being killed by blind monsters who hunt based on sound. Krasinski stars in the movie with his wife, Emily Blunt, alongside Noah Jupe, Cade Woodward, and Wonderstuck actress Millicent Simmonds, who play their kids. Simmonds, a deaf actress, reportedly taught her costars how to use American Sign Language for the film, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
A Quiet Place has been a long time in the making since its co-writers, Scott Beck and Brian Woods, have been working on it for at least a decade. Now it seems that their work is paying off—especially for Paramount, the company who distributed it. Beck and Woods share a credit with Krasinski as well.
In the past few months, Paramount's films have provided lackluster results including zero nominations at this year's Academy Awards. The surprise drop of The Cloverfield Paradox, released with Netflix, received negative reviews, while theater releases like Annihilation and Sherlock Gnomes underperformed with $32 million and $36 million overall, respectably.
Now it seems the year's quietest movie will make one of the biggest splashes for the company.