'Rampage' Stomps Past 'A Quiet Place' for $34.5 Million Box Office Win

Lula Sharp
April 16, 2018

On Friday afternoon, New Line's Rampage appeared to be dropping like a rock at the US box office, with first projections suggesting the big-budget movie might not earn much more than $28 million in its launch. Heading into the weekend, tracking showed Rampage launching to $35 million-$40 million. The second-largest movie market in the world is constantly a major focus by Hollywood because of its incredible growth over the last decade, and this weekend proved that they love Dwayne Johnson over there as the movie took in $55 million its opening weekend in the Middle Kingdom when the estimates come in.

Based on the classic arcade game about giant monsters laying waste to cities, Rampage stars Johnson as a primatologist and former soldier who gets caught up in a rogue experiment that mutates an albino gorilla he saved from poachers - as well as a wolf and a crocodile.

It was a different story here in the UAE, however, where the movie grossed Dh7,522,947 at the local box office, making it the biggest 2018 opening weekend thus far, surpassing even Marvel's smash hit Black Panther. This weekend's almost $33 million gorss pushes its 10-day total of $100 million against a $17 million budget.

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Universal's comedy "Blockers" is just behind with $10.2 million, giving the $20 million comedy film a 10-day total of $37 million. The movie had a reported budget of $120 million, so it's already doing well, it seems. John Krasinski and Emily Blunt's A Quiet Place earned a total of $32.6 million at the box office in its second weekend, good enough for second place. The film has been received poorly with a B- CinemaScore grade and a 15 percent RT score.

In third place over the Friday the 13th weekend was yet another horror film, new Universal/Blumhouse release "Truth or Dare", which took in US$19.1 million - more than five times the movie's minuscule budget.

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