Michael Bay also happens to be a producer on A Quiet Place and was happy with the results.
The PG-13 horror flick, directed by and starring John Krasinski ("The Office"), follows a family of four forced to live in silence while hiding from creatures that hunt by sound. The movie has received praise for its unique premise, taut suspense and the performances, and strong word of mouth carried it to an impressive $71 million box office haul worldwide during its opening weekend. If the reviews helped A Quiet Place more (Don't Breathe was still a favorable 88%), its success was also benefited by it being a wide release from the start.
These moments of true actor responsibility are when "A Quiet Place" really shines, as it forgoes its jump-scare structure to make room for characterization.
Like the rest of people whose reviews are being factored into A Quiet Place's almost ideal Rotten Tomatoes score, Chris Pratt and Ryan Reynolds couldn't be more into John Krasinski and Emily Blunt's first film together. But taking into account those who have brought ambition to the conventions of the genre, movies like "A Quiet Place" shouldn't be sold short in the ongoing conversation about why horror is making an inordinate amount of noise. In a recent interview with Cinema Blend, producers Brad Fuller and Andrew Form confirmed it was never meant to be a stealth sequel, and they don't know where that theory came from. "They're excellent. It's just that as filmgoers, we crave new and original ideas". This was never going to be a Cloverfield movie.
The writing partners shared the tidbit during an interview with /Film, saying that for a time the two approached their script with the strategy of getting it in the hands of Bad Robot, tying it into the Paramount-distributed Cloverfield franchise before - somewhat surprisingly - executives at Paramount talked them out of it. "Usually when you go into a screening like that you know what you have - this was totally blind".
"Back in the day, us elderly people used to channel surf - no one does that anymore", Krasinski joked. Both Conjuring movies passed $100 million domestically, a figure that A Quiet Place is sure to match. After his second go, Reynolds took to Twitter to rave about it, tweeting, "I've seen #AQuietPlace twice in one week".
Form: That's not our world. "I nearly hope it doesn't [happen] because I think sometimes when you sequel everything [it] kind of dilutes how special the original is". "Go see A Quiet Place".
Even "It", having previously been turned into an ABC miniseries, found a way to introduce a clever new wrinkle by casting the kids in the first movie, leaving fans to speculate about who would play them as adults in the already-planned sequel.
Paramount Pictures scored a much-needed win at the box office this weekend with A Quiet Place, and it exceeded even the most ambitious of estimates.
Kyle Davies, Paramount's president of domestic distribution, says horror movies are fun to watch in theatres.