Dwayne Johnson‘s “king of the concrete jungle” movie Rampage reigns supreme over the Friday box office in its opening weekend with a $11.5 million debut. There’s little surprise that audiences were willing to check out this smash-em-up spectacle movie which, as I said in my review, is perfectly entertaining, mindless fun. What remains to be seen is if The Rock’s charisma has enough heft to carry the film to the top spot throughout the weekend or if horror film upstarts A Quiet Place and Truth or Dare are going to make a play.
The best contender for toppling the mega-monster movie is John Krasinski‘s surprise horror hit that also stars Emily Blunt. A critical darling and a crowd pleaser, A Quiet Place continues to enjoy positive buzz in its second weekend in theaters. With an estimated $33-35 million for the frame, A Quiet Place will possibly overtake Rampage‘s current position–it’s estimated at $31-32 million for the weekend but its A- CinemaScore may boost that–and will likely cross the $100 million domestic mark in only 10 days of release. Impressive.
Equally impressive is the continued efficiency of Blumhouse Productions’ fare. The latest mini-budget horror film, Truth or Dare, has already made over $8 million in its one-day debut, which roughly doubles its estimated sub-$5 million budget. Even with hit-or-miss films, Blumhouse’s approach often nets the company small wins and the occasional breakout hit with franchise potential. Truth or Dare is already the former and may prove to be the latter.
On the international stage, Rampage has already pulled in an estimated $36.7 million from international markets since Thursday; this includes China’s estimated $15.6 million Friday and a projected $21.2 million today. (Box office data via Box Office Mojo)
Check out the Top 5 from Friday’s box office below:
|2.||A Quiet Place||$10.50||$77.50|
|3.||Truth or Dare||$8.25||$8.25|
|5.||Ready Player One||$2.93||$106.30|