IN THE SPOTLIGHT

The Register Citizen (Torrington, CT) - - KICKOFF - Pho­tos and text from wire ser­vices

the week­end — just the lat­est in a string of suc­cesses for the Blum­house and Uni­ver­sal Pic­tures part­ner­ship.

“They take high qual­ity film­mak­ing at mi­cro-bud­gets and just con­sis­tently overde­liver,” said Jim Orr, Uni­ver­sal’s pres­i­dent of do­mes­tic dis­tri­bu­tion. “Ev­ery­one at Uni­ver­sal is just thrilled to be in business with these guys.”

Orr said de­spite the com­pet­i­tive mar­ket­place, the stu­dio’s mar­ket­ing found a lane with the younger fe­male au­di­ence and played into the Fri­day the 13th re­lease.

Slid­ing into fourth place was Steven Spiel­berg’s “Ready Player One,” with $11.2 mil­lion in its third week­end, and in fifth was the R-rated com­edy “Block­ers,” with $10.3 mil­lion.

Also, af­ter a lim­ited re­lease, Wes An­der­son’s stop-mo­tion an­i­mated “Isle of Dogs” added 1,385 lo­ca­tions and took the No. 7 spot with $5 mil­lion. Chloe Zhao’s well-re­viewed in­die “The Rider” also de­buted this week­end in three the­aters with $45,268.

While the suc­cess of a hor­ror, es­pe­cially a mi­cro-bud­get one, isn’t a sur­prise for the in­dus­try, big bud­get films like “Ram­page” con­tinue to face a com­plex mar­ket­place. For box of­fice an­a­lysts like com Score’s Paul Der­garabe­dian, “Ram­page’s” per­for­mance fits into the post-“Black Pan­ther” nar­ra­tive for most would-be block­busters that have fol­lowed the Marvel and Dis­ney phe­nom­e­non.

Dwayne John­son / As­so­ci­ated Press

Dwayne John­son in a scene from “Ram­page.” John­son’s ar­cade game-in­spired Ram­page crept past last week’s top film “A Quiet Place” to take the No. 1 spot on the box of­fice charts.

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