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How A Quiet Place Part II set a pandemic-era record at the box office

A Quiet Place Part II loudly proclaimed that nature is healing — at least when it comes to box-office tallies. Over Memorial Day weekend, the sequel to director John Krasinski’s surprise 2018 horror hit thundered to an estimated $57 million in 3,726 theaters, the widest opening and biggest new-release bow since the onset of the COVID-19 era. For perspective, that four-day run nearly matches the entire theatrical haul of Christopher Nolan’s Tenet, and was more or less in keeping with what AQP2 was projected to have earned at the multiplex before the pandemic.