Dwayne Johnson's "Ramage" takes top spot at box office

Postado Abril 16, 2018

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.