Box Office Battle: 'A Quiet Place' looks to overtake 'Ready Player One'
Opening this weekend, and expected to top the box office, is Viacom (VIA, VIAB) subsidiary Paramount's horror thriller "A Quiet Place," directed by John Krasinski, and starring Krasinski and Emily Blunt. The film, which has already earned $4.3M in Thursday night previews, is expected to open domestically in the $33M-38M range. Expected to finish in second place is last weekend's winner, Time Warner's (TWX) subsidiary Warner Bros. sci-fi action flick "Ready Player One." The Stephen Spielberg-directed book adaptation is expected to earn just over $20M in its second weekend at theaters. Also opening this weekend, and expected to fight "Ready Player One" for that second spot, is Comcast (CMCSA, CMCSK) subsidiary Universal's R-rated comedy "Blockers," starring John Cena and Leslie Mann, which is expected to open in the $19M-$20M range. "Tyler Perry's Acrimony," from Lionsgate (LGF.A, LGF.B), is expected to bring in just over $7M in its second weekend at theaters, while Disney's (DIS) "Black Panther" is also expected to bring in around $7M this weekend, its eighth in theaters. Other publicly traded companies in filmmaking include 21st Century Fox (FOX, FOXA) and Sony (SNE). VIA FOXA LGF.B VIAB CMCSA CMCSK LGF.A TWX DIS SNE FOX