‘Rampage’ scares off ‘A Quiet Place’ to become the new box office champion

By Posted on April 15, 2018 7:10 pm

Chalk up four straight weekends with a new movie atop the weekend box office. Rampage has roared its way to an opening weekend win with some help from Dwayne Johnson and a giant albino gorilla.

A big-screen adaptation of a video game series featuring gigantic, city-stomping monstersRampage held off a challenge from surprise hit A Quiet Place, which won the box office last weekend and is outperforming expectations both critically and commercially so far. Although Rampage got mixed reviews from critics (to the tune of a 50-percent "Fresh" rating on RottenTomatoes), ticket-buying audiences enjoyed it immensely, giving it an "A-" grade on CinemaScore.

As expected, Rampage did big numbers internationally (more than $110 million outside U.S. theaters), which has become par for the course with big-budget, effects-fueled adventure films these days. Johnson continues to be one of Hollywood's most reliable stars when it comes to this genre, and Rampage proved that once again.

# Title  Weekend    U.S. Total   Worldwide Total 
1. Rampage $34.5M $34.5M $148.6M
2. A Quiet Place $32.6M $99.6M $151.3M
3. Truth or Dare $19M $19M $21.6M
4. Ready Player One $11.2M $114.6M $474.8M
5. Blockers $10.2M $36.9M $52.9M
6. Black Panther $5.3M $673.7M $1.3B
7. Isle of Dogs $5M $18.4M $27.1M
8. I Can Only Imagine $3.8M $74.9M $74.9M
9. Tyler Perry's Acrimony $3.7M $37.8M $38.9M
10. Chappaquiddick $3M $11M $11M

The success of the aforementioned horror hit A Quiet Place is worth revisiting, though, as the film is now close to crossing the $100 million mark domestically after just two weekends. For a film that cost less than $20 million to make, that's an impressive profit, and the film's great reviews and current ticket-selling pace put it slightly ahead of previous horror hits Split and The Conjuring at this point.

That's kind of a big deal, so it will be interesting to see how long it can maintain this momentum.

The only other new release to crack the weekend's top ten movies was another horror film, Truth or Dare. That film, which is the latest product of "micro-budget" horror studio Blumhouse Productions (Get OutParanormal Activity), also did very well at the box office with a $19 million premiere. That's not too shabby for a film with a mere $3.5 million price tag.

This upcoming week is basically the calm before the storm, as the most prominent features hitting theaters are the comedies Super Troopers 2 and I Feel Pretty. The former is a long-awaited sequel that arrives in theaters thanks to a massively successful crowdfunding campaign, and the latter is Amy Schumer's latest laugher.

With Avengers: Infinity War hitting theaters the following week, every film in theaters now has just over a week to make some extra money before Infinity War takes over the movie world.

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