"A Quiet Place" roars with $50M box office debut

John Krasinski'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.

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