John Krasinski’s horror film A Quiet Place is currently scaring audiences stateside and will soon make some noise in Chinese theatres on May 18th.
Krasinski, Emily Blunt, Millicent Simmonds, and Noah Jupe star in the horror flick, which follows a family forced to live in complete silence to protect themselves from predatory creatures that hunt by sound. Krasinski also has a screenwriting credit.
The film opened with $50 million at the domestic box office, and is expected make decent sales in the foreign market. The limited international release has garnered $25 million. It is currently in Austrlia, Colombia, Iceland, Italy, Lithuania, New Zealand Norway, South Africa, and United Kingdom.
Variety confirmed the Chinese release date thanks to Chinese exhibition industry sources. Paramount offered no comment. Variety also reported that A Quiet Place will open in Germany, Russia, South Korea, Spain, Vietnam and Hong Kong this coming weekend, April 13th. France is expected to get the film last on June 20th.
In 2017 China implemented new guidelines for theatrical releases, which adversely affectedHollywood films, particularly films with horror elements. For example films that display supernatural possessions, witchcraft, or pseudoscience have often been barred, even before these newer guildlines. Also films that showcase excessive horror, psychological pain, or audio and visuals that cause fear or discomfort. There have been exceptions made, but it is a good thing that A Quiet Place managed to secure a release date in China. No news on whether any edits will be made to the film.
China is Hollywood’s biggest box office market outside of the domestic box office.