Dwayne Johnson's 'Rampage' Tops The Box Office

John Krasinski director and star of his film

Dwayne Johnson's 'Rampage' Tops The Box Office

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. That was still behind expectations, however.

The worldwide figures will certainly bring some relief to studio execs sweating at the U.S. disappointment, although with a total opening weekend haul that looks set to be less than $70M, the movie still has some way to go to make back its $120M production budget. The movie had a reported budget of $120 million, so it's already doing well, it seems. It launches in another key market - Japan - on April 20.

Directed by Brad Peyton, the movie starring Johnson as a primatologist who bonds with George, an extraordinarily intelligent, silverback gorilla who turns into a raging monster, minted $3.1 million here plus an estimated $US34.5 million in the United States and $US114.1 million internationally.

Even so, Warner Bros' mash-up of action, adventure, sci-fi and fantasy inspired by the Rampage videogame did not reach great heights anywhere except China, where it grabbed $55 million. The movie, nabbing an A- CinemaScore and playing to an ethnically diverse audience, comes on the heels of the blockbuster success of Johnson starrer Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle.

Directed by John Krasinski, who also stars alongside wife Emily Blunt, A Quiet Place follows a family living in silence in order to hide from creatures that hunt their prey by sound. The movie fell a scant 35 percent.

And in fifth was "Blockers", a raunchy comedy from Universal starring John Cena and Leslie Mann, which netted US$10.3 million.

Third place went to the low-budget Blumhouse horror movie Truth or Dare, which brought in an estimated $19.1 million in its first three days in theaters after opening on Friday the 13th. The supernatural thriller stars Lucy Hale and Tyler Posey as spring breakers caught up in an innocent game that turns deadly. 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.

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