'Rampage' sneaks past 'Quiet Place' to a box-office lead

Angelo Anderson
April 16, 2018

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.

Dwayne Johnson and Naomie Harris' Rampage has narrowly beat A Quiet Place at the weekend box office! But, surprisingly for a film that features giant monsters smashing things, it squeaked past, earning $34.5 million, according to studio estimates. Heading into the weekend, tracking showed Rampage launching to $35 million-$40 million. 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 USA but a far more impressive $360.2 million internationally. That's an impressive number for a movie that reportedly cost about $3.5 million to make and was shredded by critics.

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.

A big reason for that is because of the movie's star, Dwayne Johnson, who is one of the few actors in today's Hollywood who bring audiences to the theaters. 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.


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 wasn't the only horror pic to do scary business. The supernatural thriller stars Lucy Hale and Tyler Posey as spring breakers caught up in an innocent game that turns deadly.

And in fifth was "Blockers", a raunchy comedy from Universal starring John Cena and Leslie Mann, which netted US$10.3 million. "Truth or Dare" debuts in 18 markets next weekend, including Mexico.

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