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‘A Quiet Place’ Roars to $50 Million Opening at Box Office

How wonderful is this? The biggest opening weekend of Emily’s career–by far. Not only are we extremely happy for her, but also for husband John Krasinksi, and everyone else involved in bringing the project to life. Congratulations everyone!

TIME – John Krasinksi’s “A Quiet Place” made a thunderous debut at the box office, opening with $50 million in ticket sales and rumbling to the year’s second-best weekend after “Black Panther,” according to studio estimates Sunday.

The Paramount Pictures thriller far exceeded expectations to land one of the top opening weekends for a horror release. It marks an unlikely breakthrough for Krasinski, the former “Office” star many associate more with inter-office romance and deadpan expressions than silent cinematic frights. Krasinski’s third directing effort, which stars himself and wife Emily Blunt is about a family in a future dystopia populated by violent creatures with extremely acute hearing.

But it was far from the only success story on the weekend, which also saw Universal’s R-rated comedy “Blockers” open solidly with $21.4 million, Steven Spielberg’s virtual-reality adventure “Ready Player One” dip only 40 percent with $25.1 million in its second weekend and the period docudrama “Chappaquiddick” beat expectations with a debut of $6.2 million. In limited release, Wes Anderson’s “Isle of Dogs,” Lynne Ramsay’s “You Were Never Really Here” and Andrew Haigh’s “Lean on Pete” all did well, too.

For one weekend, at least, just about everything Hollywood could throw at moviegoers worked. The weekend was up 35.3 percent from last year.

But nothing approached the runaway success of “A Quiet Place.” Hollywood had forecast closer to $30 million for the film, which cost just $17 million to make. Yet “A Quiet Place” rode strong buzz from its SXSW premiere in March, good reviews (97 percent fresh on Rotten Tomatoes) and moviegoers’ continuing thirst for horror.

“We always knew we had something special from the first screenings. But you don’t get to a number like this without breaking free of the genre. I think this is about great storytelling,” said Kyle Davies, head of domestic distribution for Paramount, who heaped praise on Krasinski. “We’re looking forward to what else he has up his sleeve.”

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33 Very Important Rapid-Fire Questions with Emily Blunt

Here’s yet another enjoyable feature with Emily for BuzzFeed UK–and the interview itself is also available in video form at the source. As you’ll see from the gifs, there’s many memorable moments with Emily here. I’ve also added some lovely photos of her taken for the website to the gallery. Enjoy.

BUZZFEED – Emily Blunt has been a constant on our cinema screens for over a decade now. She’s tried her hand at everything from comedy (with her iconic role in The Devil Wears Prada) to action (with Denis Villeneuve’s Sicario) to period drama (she played Queen Victoria in The Young Victoria) and even musicals (with 2014’s Into the Woods). With her latest role, she’s once again taking on something completely different: classic horror.

A Quiet Place, directed by and costarring Emily’s husband, John Krasinski, is not for the faint of heart. It’s a horror movie in the purest sense – so terrifying that you’ll be holding your breath and watching from behind your hands for the full 90 minutes – but at its core it’s also a heartbreakingly emotional story about parents just trying to do what’s best for their kids.

When we got the chance to chat with Emily in London recently, we jumped at the opportunity to talk about A Quiet Place, as well as a few other very important things…

Tea or coffee?
Emily Blunt: I have to say coffee now.

Because you’re American now?
EB: No, because I have children now and I need it! It used to be tea, but I’m going to go with coffee. I’m unable to get through the day without it.

How do you take it?
EB: Just with some milk. Regular milk.

Puppies or kittens?
EB: I’m allergic to cats, so it’s puppies.

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Emily on The Graham Norton Show

Earlier today, or technically this evening over in the UK–Emily and John made their appearance on The Graham Norton Show, alongside Kylie Minogue and Tom Holland. As many of you will no doubt know by now, Emily and Graham have a great rapport whenever she’s on the show (as he does with most guests) – and so it’s great to see her husband as part of that, too. Screen captures from the appearance will follow, but for now, enjoy stills as well as the full episode, which you can view here.

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‘A Quiet Place’ London Screening

Our gallery has been updated with some lovely photos from last night’s screening of A Quiet Place at the Curzon Soho. Emily wore an Elie Saab dress and was accompanied at the event by husband John Krasinksi and Noah Jupe.

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‘A Quiet Place’ New York Premiere

On Tuesday night (April 2), Emily attended the New York premiere of her latest film, A Quiet Place directed by husband, John Krasinski. Emily was looking beautiful wearing Oscar de la Renta. The film releases in the USA this Friday, April 6. The gallery has been updated with a bunch of photos from the premiere and after party. Enjoy!