Rampage Stomps To The Top Of The US Box Office

A Quiet Place

It beats out last weekend's No. 1, the horror film A Quiet Place, which was pushed down to second position. But, surprisingly for a film that features giant monsters smashing things, it squeaked past, earning $34.5 million, according to studio estimates.

Rampage had a big first weekend domestically, but as EW notes, it's first-weekend haul is on the low side of industry projections, which had it making in the $35 million-$40 million. But again, with a massive budget like that, Rampage needs a good showing overseas to make a profit, and it's doing just that, eyeing a $50 million opening in China in addition to performing well in other overseas markets.

Rampage, which is based on the arcade game of the same name, is big, fun, and dumb, our reviewer said. The movie failed to impress critics but garnered an A-minus CinemaScore, suggesting decent word-of-mouth prospects.

Dwayne Johnson and Naomie Harris in "Rampage". This weekend's almost $33 million gorss pushes its 10-day total of $100 million against a $17 million budget.

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In third is Universal/Blumhouse's "Truth Or Dare", which made $19 million in its opening weekend from 3,029 locations. The movie, costing at least $120 million to make before marketing, will need to have strong legs to make its money back. Audiences gave it a B-minus CinemaScore. They may flip positions on the weekend chart, with "Ready Player One" earning $10-12 million and "Blockers" earning $9-11 million.

In sixth place, Black Panther saw little impact from its home entertainment release announcement, as it still took in $5.3 million for a 673.7 million domestic total.

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