After a weekend of fluctuating projections, Dwayne Johnson (barely) owned the North American box office after all.
Although previous estimates seemed like the second frame of "A Quiet Place" would take over the weekend, "Rampage" by Johnson "sneaking to take first place with $ 34.5 million from 4,101 theaters.
New Line Cinema and Warner Bros. & # 39; " Rampage "opened under initial predictions that are estimated at around $ 37 million.
Jeff Goldstein, president of national distribution at Warner Bros., attributed the weekend numbers to the power of Johnson's star.  "Dwayne Johnson is a closer," Goldstein said. "He has an incredible connection to his fan base. It's a global draw unlike any other today. "
Although the science fiction action has an impressive A-CinemaScore and an 80% approval of the Rotten Tomatoes audience," Rampage "will have to rely a lot on the foreigner to take his costly $ 120 million budget.
Still, its opening was enough to achieve the box office crown of "A Quiet Place," which earned $ 32.9 million in 3,589 places. "A Quiet Place" has been on the rise with excellent reviews, only falling 34%, that takes his accumulated gross domestic to an impressive $ 100 million.
"The speed with which 'A Quiet Place' reached the $ 100 million mark is a testament to the film's continued appeal and excellent word of mouth," said Paul Dergarabedian. , comScore analyst.  Also benefited from Friday the 13th the collaboration of Universal and Blumhouse "Truth or Dare". The supernatural thriller debuted in third place with $ 19 million from 3,029 theaters. The film, starring Lucy Hale and Tyler Posey, grossed $ 2.6 million internationally, combining for a global total of $ 21.7 million from its $ 5 million budget.
"This is an exceptional debut considering the competitive landscape," Jim Orr, head of domestic distribution at Universal, said. "For the original horror, Blumhouse has defined the genre for many years, building a model that is simply fantastic."
The third frame of Steven Spielberg's "Ready Player One" grossed $ 11 million from 3,661 locations, raising its gross national to $ 114.5 million.
Completing the first five is the second year of Universal's "Blockers" weekend. Kay Cannon's obscene comedy starring John Cena, Leslie Mann and Ike Barinholtz dropped 50% to raise $ 10 million from 3,418 locations. In total, the photo has won $ 37 million.
The broad release of Wes Anderson's "Isle of Dogs" raised $ 5 million from 1,939 locations. The stop-motion animated film, which grossed $ 18.5 million, opened in limited version at the end of March with the best screen average of 2018 to date.
Another newcomer, Dog-themed Entertainment Studios "Sgt. Stubby: An American Hero," earned $ 1.1 million in 1,633 places. Directed and co-written by Richard Lanni, "Sgt. Stubby" presents the voices of Logan Lerman, Helena Bonham Carter and Gerard Depardieu.
The 2018 box office was down 2.4% compared to 2017. The same weekend last year, where "The Fate of the Furious" opened with $ 98.8 million, down 15.5%
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