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New films have freed cinemas from cruelty and brought back the ...


New films have freed cinemas from cruelty and brought back the noise

It was a bumper weekend for ‘Cruella’ and ‘A Quiet Place Part II’, with some pundits saying US cinemas are back

Kelly Gilblom and Yueqi Yang

After more than a year of delayed premieres, darkened theatres and financial pain, the US box office is finally starting to look like something close to normal.

Moviegoers made a strong comeback at the weekend to see two major new films on the big screen, an opportunity that hasn’t been available since early 2020. A Quiet Place Part II, released by Paramount, led the box office, while Disney’s debut of Cruella, the 101 Dalmatians origin story, took second spot.

The weekend was the biggest since the pandemic began more than a year ago, triggering the shutdown of most theatres in North America in March 2020. Domestic receipts for the top 10 films reached $79,2m (about R1bn) for the three days through to Sunday, according to researcher Comscore. The haul is the most telling sign yet that viewers are ready to get off the couch and see movies on the big screen again...

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