Dwayne Johnson powers Rampage past A Quiet Place at the box office

Dwayne Johnson powers Rampage past A Quiet Place at the box office

Despite the movie sporting a 50% rating on Rotten Tomatoes and last weekend's box office hit, "A Quiet Place", looking to have a strong second weekend in theaters, the Johnson brand went into overdrive leading to "Rampage" winning the weekend at the box office with an estimated $34.5 million, according to boxofficepro. That was still behind expectations, however.

Despite taking the crown, Rampage is coming in on the low end of industry projections, which had it pegged in the $35 million-$40 million range. Rampage made $114.1 million from global markets this weekend, for a total of around $148.6 million. That's an impressive number for a movie that reportedly cost about $3.5 million to make and was shredded by critics.

Steven Spielberg's "Ready Player One" - a futuristic homage to films of the 1980s - took in an estimated US$11.2 million to cling to fourth place in its third week out (its budget was a not-so-minuscule US$175 million).

Despite bad reviews and a luke-warn response from the movie-going public (scoring a dismal 15% on Rotten Tomatoes critical consensus, a 21% audience score, and a B- on CinemaScore) Blumhouse's Truth or Dare did earn an estimated $19 million on only a $3.5 million dollar budget.

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In Rampage, Johnson plays a primatologist whose beloved pal - an albino gorilla - is transformed into a giant menace as the result of a genetic experiment (there's also a wolf and a crocodile involved).

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. Although Variety and Forbes initially reported that A Quiet Place was the victor, it turns out that Rampage actually unseated last week's champ (perhaps those outlets should wait until actually estimates are released next week, before they announce their "favorite" as the big winner).

New release "Truth Or Dare" was #3 on Friday the 13th with $8.2 million. This weekend's almost $33 million gorss pushes its 10-day total of $100 million against a $17 million budget.

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