China Box Office: ‘Rampage’ Makes Powerful $55M Debut

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Dwayne Johnson’s action-adventure Rampage made a strong start in China over the weekend, chalking up a hearty $55 million.The film opened on some 21,500 screens, claiming nearly 70 percent of the full weekend box office. The sizable first-frame haul is 9 percent ahead of the China debut of Johnson’s San Andreas, 34 percent more than his Jumanji and 32 percent better than fellow video-game adaptation Tomb Raider.  RPG202_209.tifThe muscular showing in the Middle Kingdom should help New Line and Warner Bros. offset the title’s somewhat soft $34.5 million opening in North America, where it narrowly beat Paramount’s high-concept horror hit A Quiet Place.

 

Rampage clamored out of the gate in China to $15.7 million on Friday, adding $22 million on Saturday and $18.1 million on Sunday, according to local box-office tracker EntGroup.

 

An adaptation of the classic 1980s video game of the same name, Rampage reunites Johnson — a fan favorite in China, thanks to the huge local success of the Fast and the Furious franchise — with his San Andreas director, Brad Peyton. Johnson stars as a primatologist whose beloved pal — a silverback gorilla — is transformed into a city-stomping menace after a genetic experiment gone awry.

 

Steven Spielberg’s Ready Player One, also a Warner Bros. title, continued to impress in its third frame in the region, adding $13.9 million for a $192.8 million total. That’s considerably better than the pic’s estimated $115 million tally in North America, as well as Hollywood’s strongest China tally of 2018 so far. The VR-themed action-adventure should have no trouble eventually crossing the $200 million mark.

 

Having landed a rare release date for a horror title, John Krasinski’s A Quiet Place is set to bow May 18.

 

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