The upset that I hoped for last week came along this weekend instead.
Even now, John Krasinski's "A Silent Area" has been be a miniature phenomenon.
"A Quiet Place" had another noisy weekend at the domestic box office, reclaiming the No. 1 slot in its third frame. "A Quiet Place" had another impressive holdover, declining only 34 percent to bring its domestic tally to $132 million.
Blumhouse and Universal's horror holdover Truth or Dare rounds out the top five with an estimated $7.9 million, while Lionsgate's crime thriller Traffik, starring Omar Epps and Paula Patton, will open with about $3.9 million - in line with expectations and good for the No. 9 spot.
It was a far better weekend than expected for throwback sequel Super Troopers 2, but as with the past two weekends, the bulk of the conversation will start and end with John Krasinski's unstoppable horror movie A Quiet Place. Paramount's last film to gross over $200 million in North America was "Transformers: Age of Extinction", with $245.4 million made in summer 2014, followed by the $195 million made by "Mission:Impossible - Rogue Nation" in July 2015. After ten days, Rampage has scored $66.6 million. With $283 million in the bank, the video game adaptation has almost enough to get out of the red.
Two new comedies took third and fourth place in their debuts.
You have to go down to spots three and four to find new releases: I Feel Pretty ($16.2 million) and Super Troopers 2 ($14.7 million), respectively. It's interesting how Schumer's debut predictions continue to drop. Unlike "Trainwreck", Schumer did not write "I Feel Pretty", which is about an insecure woman who gets a life-changing confidence boost after a head injury. "I Feel Pretty" has a lot of work to do when it opens internationally because it cost an absurd $32 million to produce.
"A Quiet Place", $22 million ($15 million international). The film revisits the high jinks of a profane group of Vermont state troopers played by the Broken Lizard comedy group; the sequel to the 2002 stoner classic was willed into existence by a devoted fan base that raised $4.6 million through an Indiegogo campaign. The shenanigans have yet to begin overseas. "Sometimes that will bring big box office; sometimes it won't". "I Feel Pretty" is now averaging a tepid 34 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes, as well as a B+ CinemaScore.
"Dude's Manual", $3.7 million. Fortunately, "Traffik" was produced for $4 million, so it will easily make its money back by the time it hits home video.