The Rock's 'Rampage' Wins Weekend Box-Office Battle

Bessie Dean
April 16, 2018

Sci-fi action flick "Rampage" topped North American box offices over the weekend, taking in an estimated US$34.5 million to barely beat out horror film "A Quiet Place", industry tracker Exhibitor Relations said Sunday.

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At ninth, we find Tyler Perry's Acrimony, earning $3.7 million, while Chappaquiddick fell to 10th on $3 million. Rampage made $114.1 million from global markets this weekend, for a total of around $148.6 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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The battle was close between loud, clumsy aliens and huge, loud monsters at the box office, but those big boys took home the crown with the Bally-Midway video game adaptation Rampage topping A Quiet Place this weekend.

Truth or Dare, the latest microbudget collaboration from Universal and Blumhouse, opened to strong $19.2 million in the US despite competition from A Quiet Place. Audiences gave it a B-minus CinemaScore. Steven Spielberg's film grossed $33 million overseas this weekend, which should push it cross the $500 million mark this coming week; the current global estimated cume is $474 million. The film has added about $51.7 million from foreign markets.

The latter is nonetheless on track to top the full weekend chart. They may flip positions on the weekend chart, with "Ready Player One" earning $10-12 million and "Blockers" earning $9-11 million. Pacing for $18-21 million in receipts, the film should keep its #3 position for the weekend.

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