Despite the movie sporting a 50% rating on Rotten Tomatoes and last weekend's box office hit, "A Quiet Place", looking to have a strong second weekend in theaters, the Johnson brand went into overdrive leading to "Rampage" winning the weekend at the box office with an estimated $34.5 million, according to boxofficepro. That was still behind expectations, however. The sci-fi action adventure starring Tye Sheridan, Olivia Cooke, Ben Mendelsohn, Lena Waithe, Simon Pegg, and Mark Rylance has scored a mediocre $114.6 million in the U.S. but a far more impressive $360.2 million internationally. It launches in another key market - Japan - on April 20. Rampage's new date meant that it debuted only two weeks after Steven Spielberg's Ready Player One, likewise from Warner Bros.
Directed by Brad Peyton, the movie starring Johnson as a primatologist who bonds with George, an extraordinarily intelligent, silverback gorilla who turns into a raging monster, minted $3.1 million here plus an estimated $US34.5 million in the USA and $US114.1 million internationally. In China alone the movie took in $55 million. It was also the second-highest opening ever for a Warner Brothers' film, behind 2016's Batman V Superman, and the biggest opening for a Dwayne Johnson movie ever.
"A Quiet Place" earned a solid second place finish putting its total domestic earnings to $99.6 million (it was made for $17 million). The movie fell a scant 35 percent. Still, A Quiet Place managed to score $32.6 million, so the horror thriller isn't exactly suffering.
The surprise horror hit for Paramount saw a minuscule 35% decrease in sales from its $50 million opening weekend. Directed by Jeff Wadlow, the film budgeted at $3.5 million, which features Lucy Hale.
Director Kay Cannon's raunchy comedy Blockers has clocked a tidy $8.6 million for Universal after taking $1.1 million in its third weekend, falling by 34 per cent. "Truth or Dare" debuts in 18 markets next weekend, including Mexico.