Final Box Office: ‘Rampage’ Opens Slightly Higher at $35.8M Domestically, $151.5M Globally

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On Friday afternoon, New Line’s Rampage initially appeared to be dropping like a rock at the U.S. box office, with first projections suggesting the big-budget movie might not earn much more than $28 million in its launch. RPG202_209.tifBut thanks to the star power of Dwayne Johnson, Rampage made something of a recovery, opening to $35.8 million from 4,101 theaters, one of the best showings ever for a video game adaptation — a challenged genre — and enough to win the weekend ahead of holdover horror sensation A Quiet Place, according to final numbers. Still, that was on the very low end of expectations. Heading into the weekend, tracking showed Rampage launching to $35 million to $40 million, compared to $54 million two years ago for New Line’s San Andreas, Johnson’s last non-ensemble movie (Brad Peyton directed both films).

 

Final numbers for the weekend showed Rampage coming in ahead of Sunday’s estimates, which had put the movie’s domestic tally at $34.5 million and global bow at $148.6 million.

 

Overseas, Rampage roared loudly in China, biting off $55.2 million for a foreign debut of $115.7 million and solid global start of $151.5 million. The movie, which cost at least $120 million to make before marketing, will need to have strong legs to earn its money back. Internationally, it is performing on par with San Andreas, including in China, where Rampage is the third-best Warners opener of all time behind Ready Player One and Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice.

 

 

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