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Rampage Edges Past A Quiet Place to No.1

The Dwayne Johnson flick just barely beat out the John Krasinski thriller
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Apr 15, 2018 1:30 PM CDT

(Newser) – After a wobbly start, Dwayne Johnson muscled his way to a No. 1 opening for Rampage—but just barely. Close on its heels was the word-of-mouth sensation A Quiet Place in its second week in theaters, and not too far behind that was the Blumhouse horror Truth or Dare in a competitive weekend at the box office. Per the AP, Warner Bros. said Sunday that Rampage earned an estimated $34.5 million in its first weekend in North American theaters, and dominated internationally too with $114.1 million from 61 territories. Based on the classic arcade game, Rampage carried a sizable budget of at least $115 million. Although Rampage pulled in mixed reviews (it's at 50% on Rotten Tomatoes), audiences were more enthusiastic, giving it an A- CinemaScore.

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"I wasn't sure how I was going to feel on Friday. But when I look at our global number of $148.6 million, there's a lot to be proud of for Dwayne Johnson," said Warner Bros. president of domestic distribution Jeff Goldstein. "Talk about a real closer, he knows how to bring it home." That Friday, of course, was Friday the 13th and audiences had the choice between two wide-release nail-biters to spend their entertainment dollars on — the buzzy thriller A Quiet Place that dominated the charts last weekend, and the new horror from the shop behind Get Out and Split, Truth or Dare. After its stunning debut, John Krasinski's modestly-budgeted "A Quiet Place" fell only 35% in weekend two, adding $32.6 million to its domestic total, which is now just shy of $100 million for Paramount Pictures.

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