The Rock’s ‘Ram­page’ storms the box of­fice

USA TODAY International Edition - - LIFE - The As­so­ci­ated Press Lind­sey Bahr

LOS AN­GE­LES – Af­ter a wob­bly start, Dwayne John­son mus­cled his way to a No. 1 open­ing at the box of­fice for Ram­page — but just barely. Close on its heels was the word-of-mouth sen­sa­tion A Quiet Place in its sec­ond week in the­aters, and not too far be­hind that was the Blum­house hor­ror flick Truth or Dare.

Ram­page earned an es­ti­mated $34.5 mil­lion for the week­end in North Amer­i­can the­aters, and dom­i­nated in­ter­na­tion­ally, too, with $114.1 mil­lion.

Based on the clas­sic ar­cade game, Ram­page car­ried a siz­able bud­get of at least $115 mil­lion.

“I wasn’t sure how I was go­ing to feel on Fri­day. But when I look at our global num­ber of $148.6 mil­lion, there’s a lot to be proud of for Dwayne John­son,” says Jeff Gold­stein, Warner Bros. pres­i­dent of do­mes­tic dis­tri­bu­tion.

That Fri­day, of course, was Fri­day the 13th, and au­di­ences had a choice of two nail-biters to spend their en­ter­tain­ment dol­lars on: the buzzy thriller A Quiet Place, which dom­i­nated the charts last week­end, and Truth or Dare, the hor­ror movie from the pro­duc­tion house be­hind Get Out and Split.

Af­ter its stun­ning de­but, John Krasin­ski’s mod­estly bud­geted A Quiet Place fell only 35% in its sec­ond week­end, adding $32.6 mil­lion to its to­tal, which is now just shy of $100 mil­lion.

Truth or Dare also found a siz­able au­di­ence that was mostly young (60% un­der the age of 25) and fe­male (60%).

With a bud­get of just $3.5 mil­lion, the film star­ring Lucy Hale took in a ter­rific $19.1 mil­lion for the week­end.

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 prom com­edy Block­ers with $10.3 mil­lion.

While the success of a hor­ror movie isn’t a sur­prise, big-bud­get films in­clud­ing Ram­page con­tinue to face a com­plex mar­ket­place. For box-of­fice an­a­lysts such as comS­core’s Paul Der­garabe­dian, Ram­page’s per­for­mance fits into the post-Black Pan­ther nar­ra­tive for most would-be block­busters.

“Ram­page joins a long list of pop­corn movies that have opened in the wake of Black Pan­ther to rely heav­ily on their in­ter­na­tional box-of­fice rev­enues,” says Der­garabe­dian. “We’re just in this lull wait­ing for Avengers: In­fin­ity War that is go­ing to blow the doors off of the box of­fice in a lit­tle less than two weeks.”

Fi­nal num­bers are due Mon­day.

WARNER BROS.

Dwayne John­son saves Chicago, and does a lot for the film in­dus­try.

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