'Rampage' Wins Close Race With 'A Quiet Place' at Weekend Box Office

Horror, cheap and in-demand, comes to Hollywood's rescue

Horror, cheap and in-demand, comes to Hollywood's rescue

Dwayne Johnson can claim victory because Rampage narrowly took the top spot at the weekend box office with what appears to be a $34.6 million opening. That was still behind expectations, however.

Overseas, "Rampage" has made $114.1 million in multiple territories, giving it a $148.6 million worldwide start. The movie had a reported budget of $120 million, so it's already doing well, it seems. Rampage had been slotted to open on April 20, but moved up its release when Infinity War relocated.

Johnson in a plot perhaps better seen than described: He plays a primatologist who befriends an albino gorilla who grows to enormous size after a rogue experiment and who then teams with Johnson to stop invading monsters.

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. 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.


Despite awful reviews and a luke-warn response from the movie-going public (scoring a dismal 15% on Rotten Tomatoes critical consensus, a 21% audience score, and a B- on CinemaScore) Blumhouse's Truth or Dare did earn an estimated $19 million on only a $3.5 million dollar budget. The movie fell a scant 35 percent.

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. 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. That figure brings the movie's domestic total to about $100 million after 10 days in theaters.

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