The Rock’s ‘Rampage’ storms the box office
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.
Dwayne Johnson saves Chicago, and does a lot for the film industry.