Box Office: Dwayne Johnson’s ‘Rampage’ Roars With $34.5-M Open

Box Office: Dwayne Johnson’s ‘Rampage’ Roars With $34.5-M Open

Box Office: Dwayne Johnson’s ‘Rampage’ Roars With $34.5-M Open

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Friday afternoon, pundits were saying that New Line’s Rampage appeared DOA at the US box office, with 1st projections suggesting the $120-M tentpole movie might not earn much more than $28-M in its launch.

But hang on, thanks to the star power of Dwayne Johnson, Rampage opened to $34.5-M from 4,101 theaters in North America, that 1 of the best showings ever for a video game adaptation and enough to win the weekend ahead of holdover horror sensation A Quiet Place.

Overseas, Rampage roared in China, opening at $55-M for a foreign debut of $114.1-M and solid global box office haul of $148.6-M.

Ready Player One, which gave up most Imax (NYSE:IMAX) screens to Rampage, fell 54.5% over the weekend to $11.2-M for a domestic take of $114.6-M, Ready Player One remains a potent force overseas, where it took in $33.8-M for a foreign take of $360.2-M and a worldwide box office of $474.8-M.

Paramount’s, a unit of Viacom (NASDAQ:VIA) high-concept horror film A Quiet Place continued to defy expectations in its 2nd frame, earning $32.6-M for a domestic total of $99.6-M. It also is doing well internationally, earning $22.3-M in its 2nd weekend for a foreign take of $51.7-M and $151.3-M at the box office worldwide.

Truth or Dare, the lmicro-budget collaboration from Universal, a unit of Comcast (NASDAQ:CMCSA) and Blumhouse, opened to a strong $19.2-M in the US on Friday the 13th.

Truth or Dare placed #3, followed by Ready Player One. Universal’s R-rated comedy Blockers rounded out the Top 5 with $10.3-M for a soft 10-day domestic box office of $36.9 -M.

Among other new offerings

The animated indie film Sgt. Stubby: An American Hero opened to just $1.1-M from 1,633 theaters.

At the specialty box office

Bleecker Street’s Middle East political thriller Beirut, starring Jon Hamm and Rosamund Pike, grossed $1.7-M from 754 theaters for a 5-day debut of $2.2-M.

Documentary filmmaker Sophie Fiennes’ Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami scored an enviable per-theater average of $20,147 upon debuting in three theaters. The doc premiered at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival.

Chloe Zhao’s 2017 Cannes entry The Rider launched to $45,268 from 3 theaters for a screen average of $15,089. Sony Pictures Classics (NYSE:SNE) is handling the modern-day Western in the US.

Among specialty holdovers

Wes Anderson’s Isle of Dogs moved up to # 7 as it expanded into a total of 1,939 theaters. The Fox Searchlight film earned $5-M for a domestic box office of $18.5-M.

Have some fun, see a movie this week.

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