7:29am PT by Pamela McClintock
Weekend Box Office: 'Rampage' Stalls for $32M Bow, May Lose to 'A Quiet Place'
In a surprise twist, Dwayne Johnson's action-adventure Rampage is stalling at the North American box office, where it's in a close race with holdover A Quiet Place.
Rampage earned $11.5 million on Friday from 4,101 theaters. That was enough to win the day, but only puts the big-budget film on course to open in the $32 million range, versus a forecasted $35 million-$40 million. New Line and Warner Bros. found some solace in the fact that Rampage improved its standing on Friday night after matinee grosses suggested it might not clear much more than $28 million. It also earned an A- CinemaScore from audiences.
Paramount's high-concept horror film A Quiet Place continues to defy expectations in its sophomore outing as it prepares to scream past the $100 million mark domestically. The movie, directed by John Krasinski, grossed an estimated $10.5 million on Friday from 3,589 cinemas for a projected $32 million-$35 million weekend. The movie has turned into an all-audiences crowd-pleaser, something Rampage didn't count on.
In Rampage, Johnson plays a primatologist whose beloved pal — a silverback gorilla — is transformed into a giant menace as the result of a genetic experiment (there's also a wolf and a crocodile involved). The movie cost at least $115 million to produce, and it comes on the heels of the blockbuster success of Johnson starrer Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle.
New Line and Warner Bros. are hoping that Rampage is a bigger player overseas, but so far, its performance isn't spectacular. One exception is China, where it opened to $15.6 million on Friday. All told, Rampage has earned $36.7 million overseas from 61 markets through Friday.
Also opening this weekend is Truth or Dare, the latest microbudget collaboration from Universal and Blumhouse. The film grossed a strong $8.2 million Friday from 3,029 theaters for a projected $19.3 million debut. That's an impressive start, considering competition from A Quiet Place.
The supernatural thriller — hitting theaters on Friday the 13th — revolves around a group of spring breakers who play an innocent game of truth or dare that turns deadly. Directed by Jeff Wadlow, the film stars Lucy Hale and Tyler Posey.
Coming in at No. 4 is Spielberg's Ready Player One, also a Warner Bros. title. The film is shedding more than 550 theaters to make room for Rampage, including Imax locations. Ready Player One is projected to gross roughly $11 million in its third weekend for a domestic tally hovering around $115 million.
Rounding out the top five is Universal's Blockers. The R-rated comedy looks to gross $10 million in its sophomore outing for a tepid 10-day domestic cume of $37 million.
April 13, 12 p.m. Updated with revised weekend estimates.
April 14, 8 a.m. Updated with revised weekend estimates.