May 20, 2018

Weekend Box Office: Between The Rock And 'A Quiet Place'

16 April 2018, 04:35 | Winston Chapman

This Mash-Up of A Quiet Place & The Office Has Us Shaking

John Krasinski director and star of his film

The global figures will certainly bring some relief to studio execs sweating at the United States disappointment, although with a total opening weekend haul that looks set to be less than $70M, the movie still has some way to go to make back its $120M production budget.

The film pulled in a disappointing $32M (Dh117.5M) on its opening weekend in the U.S. - some way off the $40M early tracking had hoped for - and could only manage second place at the box office behind John Krasinski's surprise hit horror A Quiet Place, which retained top spot for a second week.

Based on the classic arcade game about giant monsters laying waste to cities, Rampage stars Johnson as a primatologist and former soldier who gets caught up in a rogue experiment that mutates an albino gorilla he saved from poachers - as well as a wolf and a crocodile. In China alone the movie took in $55 million. That figure brings the movie's domestic total to about $100 million after 10 days in theaters. That will be enough to push the film past Paramount's hit horror film "A Quiet Place" for the top spot on this weekend's charts. The film has added about $51.7 million from foreign markets. The movie, costing at least $120 million to make before marketing, will need to have strong legs to make its money back.

That's despite new horror competition from Blumhouse's Truth Or Dare, which looked to target more of a teen audience. Audiences gave it a B-minus CinemaScore.

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Rounding out the top five movies at the box office this weekend were Truth or Dare, which earned $19 million, Ready Player One, which earned $11.2 million, and Blockers, which earned $10.2 million.

In sixth place, Black Panther saw little impact from its home entertainment release announcement, as it still took in $5.3 million for a 673.7 million domestic total.

There's no question that The Rock is the biggest action star in the world, but he proved this weekend with Warner Bros.'s "Rampage", an adaptation of the popular 1980s video game, that if his name is on the project people are going to run to the theater to see it - a lot of people. Check out the April 13-15 figures below.

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