Published: Mon, April 16, 2018
Money | By Armando Alvarado

Dwayne Johnson powers Rampage past A Quiet Place at the box office

Dwayne Johnson powers Rampage past A Quiet Place at the box office

New Line Cinema and Warner Bros.' science fiction monster film "Rampage" topped North American box office in its opening weekend with an estimated 34.5 million USA dollars, defeating "A Quiet Place" in a close race.

Overseas, "Rampage" has made $114.1 million in multiple territories, giving it a $148.6 million worldwide start. Rampage had been slotted to open on April 20, but moved up its release when Infinity War relocated. China is the top global market for the film with a $55 million launch, while IMAX screens accounted for $10 million worldwide.

In Rampage, Johnson plays a primatologist whose beloved pal - an albino gorilla - is transformed into a giant menace as the result of a genetic experiment (there's also a wolf and a crocodile involved). Audiences gave it a B-minus CinemaScore. That will be enough to push the film past Paramount's hit horror film "A Quiet Place" for the top spot on this weekend's charts. The movie fell a scant 35 percent. In fact, "A Quiet Place" - marking the directorial debut for the former star of "The Office" - is close to breaking the $100-million mark in domestic ticket sales, a remarkable achievement for a film that cost just $17 million to make.

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Also scaring up ticket sales this weekend is Universal and Blumhouse's Truth or Dare, which will gross about $19.1 million from 3,029 North American figures. The supernatural thriller stars Lucy Hale and Tyler Posey as spring breakers caught up in an innocent game that turns deadly.

Truth or Dare placed No. 3, followed by Ready Player One.

And in fifth was "Blockers", a raunchy comedy from Universal starring John Cena and Leslie Mann, which netted US$10.3 million.

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