BOX OFFICE: “A Quiet Place Part II” owns “In the Heights” and “Peter Rabbit 2”

I’ve been arguing with people online all week about building up box office expectations for Lin-Manuel Miranda’s first big musical, “In the Heights.”

It’s also showing on HBO Max, and TV is a good place for it.

It’s a watchable film lacking stars, breakout tunes, lump on the throat moments, real drama or much that would bolster its appeal. Inclusive, a cute moment or two and great dancing can’t overcome those missing selling points. And selling the Dickens out of it can’t overcome that lack of pop and pizazz.

It always looked like “Rent” and that’s how it opened $11.4 million. Jon Chu’s directed an underwhelming movie that this time, audiences ignored.

I just caught “Peter Rabbit 2” and while Sony can be pitied for not getting it out on Easter, last year and this year, judging from the joyless Sequel they should be happy with $10.4 million.

New openings let down aside, it’s
not like “A Quiet Place 2” ran away with the weekend. $11.65 million.

About Roger Moore

Movie Critic, formerly with McClatchy-Tribune News Service, Orlando Sentinel, published in Spin Magazine, The World and now published here, Orlando Magazine, Autoweek Magazine
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