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

John Krasinski

John Krasinski

Critics were mixed about the "Rampage", giving it a 51 percent Rotten Tomatoes score. TheWrap's Umberto Gonzalez and Beatrice Verhoeven described "Rampage" as good, popcorn-munching entertainment, and audiences seem to have agreed with families packing Saturday matinees.

Overseas, Rampage roared loudly in China, biting off $55 million for a foreign debut of $114.1 million and solid global start of $148.6 million.

The almost $35 million gross, however, is certainly a win for the $120 million film, slightly beating expectations here in America. It will be celebrating a second week at #1.

In its first weekend out, Dwayne Johnson tried to Rampage through the second-week returns for John Krasinki's horror film, but between The Rock and A Quiet Place, it mostly ended up a stalemate where both sides could claim victory.

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Truth or Dare, the latest microbudget collaboration from Universal and Blumhouse, opened to strong $19.2 million in the USA despite competition from A Quiet Place. That figure brings the movie's domestic total to about $100 million after 10 days in theaters. This appears to be the typical "one-week-only" box office event that is typical of disposable teen horror films where a 60% to 70% drop at the following week's box office is not uncommon and readily accepted by studios.

But while "A Quiet Place" remains the horror film of choice at the box office, Blumhouse's microbudget strategy has paid off again as the film only has a $3.5 million production budget and has also beaten pre-weekend projections of a $12-15 million start. Steven Spielberg's film grossed $33 million overseas this weekend, which should push it cross the $500 million mark this coming week; the current global estimated cume is $474 million. Ready Player One was pushed to fourth on $11.2 million, while comedy Blockers rounds out the top fifth for $10.2 million.

The latter is nonetheless on track to top the full weekend chart. Isle Of Dogs boosted its screen count and jumped from 10th to seventh with $5 million, even as I Can Only Imagine slipped a couple of places to eighth with $3.8 million.

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