Weekend Box Office: ‘Rampage’ Squeaks Past ‘A Quiet Place’ with $34.5M

     April 15, 2018

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In a surprising twist, Rampage won out at the box office this weekend after all. While a Dwayne Johnson blockbuster taking #1 at the box office opening weekend may not seem like that big of a surprise, many analysts had the Warner Bros. film Rampage falling short of expectations and potentially losing out on the top spot to John Krasinski’s smash horror hit A Quiet Place. But despite lackluster critical reception (although our own Dave Trumbore quite enjoyed it), Rampage enjoyed a robust Saturday and is on pace for an estimated $34.5 million opening weekend, just barely scraping by with the win. That’s one of the best openings ever for a video game adaptation.

Rampage is also doing quite well overseas, with $55 million in China alone and an international debut of $114.1 million. Johnson had a net positive 2017, which saw Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle soar to nearly $1 billion worldwide and The Fate of the Furious perform well, but also saw his take on Baywatch crash and burn as the rare bust for the actor. Rampage was looking like it might be an underwhelming performer as well, but for this weekend at least it’s coming out on top. That said, the dropoff next week may be significant as audiences prepare for the arrival of Avengers: Infinity War.

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As for A Quiet Place, Krasinski’s brilliant horror film performed spectacularly in its second week of release, pulling in an estimated $32.6 million for the weekend with a drop of just 35% from its stellar opening weekend. This is a massive and much-needed hit for Paramount, full-stop, and the film is already about to crack $100 million domestic. Additionally, A Quiet Place didn’t pull in all the horror traffic this weekend, as Universal and Blumhouse’s Truth or Dare enjoyed a great opening of $19.2 million. That’s even more impressive when you consider the competition of A Quiet Place and the fact that its budget was just $3.5 million, and is another hit for the Blumhouse model.

But studios are preparing to make way for Infinity War’s arrival, which is now just over a week away. Ready Player One fell 54% to $11.2 million, bringing its domestic total to a solid-though-not-spectacular $114.6 million. That said, Steven Spielberg’s sci-fi blockbuster continues to do gangbuster business overseas, with a foreign total of $360.2 million for a worldwide haul of $474.8 million.

Next weekend brings us the counter-programming of the Amy Schumer comedy I Feel Pretty and the sequel Super Troopers 2, but it’ll likely be a quiet weekend as everyone awaits the arrival of Infinity War. Stay tuned, folks. The Summer Movie Season’s about to arrive.

Check out the weekend’s Top 10 estimates below.

Rank Title Friday Total
1. Rampage $34,500,000 $34,500,000
2. A Quiet Place $32,600,000 $99,635,885
3. Truth or Dare $19,080,000 $19,080,000
4. Ready Player One $11,205,000 $114,607,798
5. Blockers $10,295,000 $36,927,670
6. Black Panther $5,342,000 $673,797,522
7. Isle of Dogs $5,000,000 $18,450,864
8. I Can Only Imagine $3,837,220 $74,988,485
9. Tyler Perry’s Acrimony $3,700,000 $37,875,477
10. Chappaquiddick $3,025,000 $11,006,383

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