Shh! John Krasinski’s ‘A Quiet Place’ is so far the only original blockbuster of 2018

If you’re a sequel or a comic book movie, there’s a good chance you’ve made a ton of money in 2018. But so far only one original film — that is, not based on existing material — has earned more than $100 million at the U.S. box office: “A Quiet Place.” In fact, John Krasinski‘s apocalyptic horror movie about a family that must live in silence to escape sound-hunting creatures is nearing the $190 million mark domestically. That number is quite impressive for any film, but it’s the all the more important when you consider that “A Quiet Place” is a wholly original story.

Moviegoers tend to open their wallets en masse for films that seem familiar to them. That’s why “Black Panther” ($700 million), “Avengers: Infinity War” ($678 million), “Incredibles 2” ($583 million), “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom” ($405 million) and “Deadpool 2” ($318 million) are the Top 5 highest grossing films domestically of 2018.

As of this writing Paramount’s “A Quiet Place” comes in #8 on this year’s U.S. chart at $188 million. You have to go much farther down the list to find the next two original films: biopic “I Can Only Imagine” at #18 with $83 million and comedy “Game Night” at #20 with $69 million.

“A Quiet Place” opened on April 6 to rave reviews, scoring 82 on MetaCritic and 95% on Rotten Tomatoes. Those accolades are prompting many awards pundits to wonder whether “A Quiet Place” can follow in the footsteps of last year’s original horror film “Get Out,” which went on to be nominated for four Oscars and won the prize for Best Original Screenplay for its auteur Jordan Peele.

Krasinski, perhaps best known as Jim Halpert on NBC’s “The Office” for which he also directed three episodes, has now directed three feature films: “Brief Interviews with Hideous Men” (2009), “The Hollars” (2016) and “A Quiet Place” (2018). He also co-wrote this horror film with Bryan Woods and Scott Beck and starred in it alongside his real-life and on-screen wife Emily Blunt.

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