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

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

Sci-fi action flick "Rampage" topped North American box offices over the weekend.

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. 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 United States but a far more impressive $360.2 million internationally. The film scared up $19 million for a third place launch, a fine opening given the movie's lower budget, but not quite the same level of success as, say, Get Out. We may never know, but the UAE haul helped the movie towards a $36.7M worldwide total, which included a top spot at the Chinese box office, where the film took $15.7M on Friday night alone.

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).

Steven Spielberg's Ready Player One rang up $1.6 million in its third lap, down by 37 per cent, making $11.4 million thus far for Roadshow.


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.

"A Quiet Place" had a strong second place finish with $32.6 million.

Meanwhile, Universal's latest collaboration with Blumhouse, "Truth or Dare", earned $2.6 million in 7 territories overseas. The supernatural thriller stars Lucy Hale and Tyler Posey as spring breakers caught up in an innocent game that turns deadly. Universal's R-rated comedy Blockers rounded out the top five with $10.3 million for a tepid 10-day domestic cume of $36.9 million.

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

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