After a slow start Friday, Dwayne Johnson and a giant gorilla are poised to top the box office this weekend.
On Friday afternoon, New Line's Rampage appeared to be dropping like a rock at the USA box office, with first projections suggesting the big-budget movie might not earn much more than $28 million in its launch.
The action hero's new disaster movie Rampage will debut with an estimated $34.5 million from 4,101 theaters in the USA and Canada through Sunday, edging out last week's No. 1 title, A Quiet Place, while the horror flick Truth or Dare opens in third. Heading into the weekend, tracking showed Rampage launching to $35 million-$40 million.
Rampage, which is based on the arcade game of the same name, is big, fun, and dumb, our reviewer said. That all changed with the success of horror sensation A Quiet Place, which he directed, co-wrote and also stars in. This weekend's almost $33 million gorss pushes its 10-day total of $100 million against a $17 million budget.
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. The movie had a reported budget of $120 million, so it's already doing well, it seems. Ready Player One remains a force overseas, where it took in $33.8 million for a foreign cume of $360.2 million and global total of $474.8 million.
New release "Truth Or Dare" grabs #3 on the weekend chart with $19.1 million. Audiences gave it a B-minus CinemaScore.
Fox Searchlight also expanded Wes Anderson's stop-motion movie Isle of Dogs to 1,939 theaters (up from 554), collecting an estimated $5 million (good for seventh place) and upping its domestic total to about $18.5 million.