Dwayne Johnson’s Rampage emerged as the victor this weekend at the box office, narrowly topping A Quiet Place. The film is the latest in a long line of video game adaptations, a genre Hollywood has historically struggled with. Johnson himself is no stranger to the infamous video game curse, having headlined the critically-panned commercial flop Doom back in 2005. The Rock, who is one of this generation’s most bankable stars, went on record to say the lessons from Doom would make Rampage a stronger movie, and he seems to have been right.
In terms of critical reception, Rampage didn’t exactly score high marks, with many brushing it off as silly, mindless fun before the summer movie season heats up. Heading into the weekend, however, analysts predicted Rampage would secure the #1 spot on the weekend charts – in large part due to Johnson’s clout. The buzzed-about Quiet Place put up a strong fight, but at the end of the day, The Rock reigned supreme.
Per Box Office Mojo, Rampage earned $34.5 million in its first three days. This is in line with the estimates, though it’s slightly lower than the $36 million some had predicted. Rampage opened in the same ballpark as Johnson’s blockbuster Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle ($36.1 million), meaning this is a nice start for the action flick. The Warner Bros. vehicle got a nice boost from overseas markets, as its global total currently stands at $148.6 million. It has already exceeded its production budget of $120 million in grosses, meaning it should be able to turn a profit for the studio. Avengers: Infinity War is on the horizon, but Rampage still has one more week without Earth’s Mightiest to deal with.
Last week’s champion, A Quiet Place, held very well to come in a close second with $32.6 million. The thriller is now up to $99.6 million domestically and $125.3 million worldwide, becoming quite the hit for Paramount. Speaking of clout, Quiet Place director John Kraskinski has earned a considerable amount with the film’s success, already lining up a new project at Paramount. Although, some reports indicate he won’t helm and just serve as producer. Either way, he should have no trouble landing another directing job whenever he wants.
Blumhouse’s Truth or Dare, which was the week’s other wide release, came in third with $19 million. Due to the very small budget (only $3.5 million), the horror film has turned a profit just from the domestic haul. Truth or Dare was no critical darling, but this development nevertheless has to make the studio happy. Elsewhere in the top five, Ready Player One earned $11.2 million in its third weekend, and Blockers came in fifth with $10.2 million. Wes Anderson’s Isle of Dogs, which expanded nationwide this weekend, came in seventh and made $5 million.
Source: Box Office Mojo
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