Dwayne Johnson can claim victory because Rampage narrowly took the top spot at the weekend box office with what appears to be a $34.6 million opening. 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.
Based on the classic arcade game about giant monsters laying waste to cities, Rampage stars Johnson as a primatologist and former soldier who gets caught up in a rogue experiment that mutates an albino gorilla he saved from poachers - as well as a wolf and a crocodile.
"Rampage" had the strongest opening in China, taking in $55 million from 21,500 screens. Other big markets include Mexico ($4.8 million from 2,831 screens), Malaysia ($3.5 million from 590 screens), Indonesia ($3.1 million from 687 screens), and Russian Federation ($3.1 million from 2,668 screens). The Paramount hit has collared $99 million in the USA and $51.7 million in the rest of the world, with France, Spain, Japan and China ahead.
Paramount's "A Quiet Place" came in second internationally as well, with $22 million in 56 territories this weekend. Decent debuts by Truth of Dare and Isle of Dogs plus remarkably strong holdover business for Peter Rabbit and A Quiet Place helped keep cinemas busy.
Meanwhile, Universal's latest collaboration with Blumhouse, "Truth or Dare", earned $2.6 million in 7 territories overseas.
"Ready Player One" follows in fourth with $11.2 million (cume now $114.6 million), while a second weekend tally of $10.3 million positions "Blockers" in fifth place (cume now $36.9 million). Directed by Jeff Wadlow, the film budgeted at $3.5 million, which features Lucy Hale. Along with its $32.9 million domestic weekend, John Krasinski's film has racked up $151 million globally.
Another US dud, Ava Du Vernay's adventure fantasy A Wrinkle in Time has scraped up $3.2 million after taking $498,000 in its third weekend for Disney.