Box Office: ‘Rampage’ Wins Friday With $11.5M But Could Still Lose Weekend to ‘A Quiet Place’

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In a surprise twist, Dwayne Johnson’s action-adventure Rampage is stalling at the North American box office, where it’s in a close race with holdover A Quiet Place.Rampage earned $11.5 million on Friday from 4,101 theaters. That was enough to win the day, but only puts the big-budget film on course to open in the $32 million range, versus a forecasted $35 million-$40 million. New Line and Warner Bros. found some solace in the fact that Rampage  improved its standing on Friday night after matinee grosses suggested it might not clear much more than $28 million. It also earned an A- CinemaScore from audiences.RPG202_197.tif
Paramount’s high-concept horror film A Quiet Place continues to defy expectations in its sophomore outing as it prepares to scream past the $100 million mark domestically. The movie, directed by John Krasinski, grossed an estimated $10.5 million on Friday from 3,589 cinemas for a projected $32 million-$35 million weekend. The movie has turned into an all-audiences crowd-pleaser, something Rampage didn’t count on.

In Rampage, Johnson plays a primatologist whose beloved pal — a silverback gorilla — is transformed into a giant menace as the result of a genetic experiment (there’s also a wolf and a crocodile involved). The movie cost at least $115 million to produce, and it comes on the heels of the blockbuster success of Johnson starrer Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle.

 

New Line and Warner Bros. are hoping that Rampage is a bigger player overseas, but so far, its performance isn’t spectacular. One exception is China, where it opened to $15.6 million on Friday. All told, Rampage has earned $36.7 million overseas from 61 markets through Friday.

 

Also opening this weekend is Truth or Dare, the latest microbudget collaboration from Universal and Blumhouse. The film grossed a strong $8.2 million Friday from 3,029 theaters for a projected $19.3 million debut. That’s an impressive start, considering competition from A Quiet Place.

 

The supernatural thriller — hitting theaters on Friday the 13th — revolves around a group of spring breakers who play an innocent game of truth or dare that turns deadly. Directed by Jeff Wadlow, the film stars Lucy Hale and Tyler Posey.

Written By: Tommy Lightfoot Garrett
Photographs are Courtesy: Warner Bros.
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