Another weekend, another movie starring The Rock conquering the box office.
That was the case when Dwayne Johnson’s latest, the video game-inspired “Rampage”, claimed the top spot at the box office in its opening weekend with a domestic gross of $34.5 million, sending “A Quiet Place” toppling to second place, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
“Dwayne Johnson is the real deal,” Warner Bros. distribution chief Jeff Goldstein tells THR. “He’s a closer.”
However, the news is still excellent for the John Krasiniski-Emily Blunt horror flick, which scared up a more-than-respectable $32.6 million in its second week. In fact, “A Quiet Place” — marking the directorial debut for the former star of “The Office” — is close to breaking the $100-million mark in domestic ticket sales, a remarkable achievement for a film that cost just $17 million to make.
Overseas, “Rampage” did big business, opening with a worldwide total of $148.6 million — although, as THR points out, its $120-million budget, before marketing and advertising, will require the film to continue its strong performance next weekend.
Another low-budget horror film also had a great debut, with the Lucy Hale-starring “Truth or Dare” taking third place with an opening-weekend domestic take of $19.2 million.
Rounding out the top five are “Ready Player One”, adding $11.2 million domestically in its third weekend to take the #4 spot (with a worldwide tally to date of $474.8 million), while “Blockers” came in at #5, bringing in $10.3 million domestically this weekend.