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Rampage beats A Quiet Place to US top spot with $34.5 million


Story by Jack Foley

DWAYNE Johnson’s Rampage has defied box office tracking to land US top spot ahead of horror hit A Quiet Place with $34.5 million.

Heading into the weekend, the action-adventure looked set to have to settle for second spot. But thanks to the star power of leading man Johnson, the film – based on a computer game – made a late surge to land the coveted first place.

It also marks one of the best showings ever for a video game adaptation.

Overseas, Rampage also enjoyed success, roaring loudest in China, where it bit off $55 million for a foreign debut of $114.1 million and solid global start of $148.6 million.

However, in spite of this, the movie, which cost at least $120 million to make before marketing, will still need to have strong legs to earn its money back. And that’s in a crowded marketplace for these kind of tentpole titles, what with Ready Player One still doing well on general release and Marvel’s Avengers: Infinity War set to debut in two weeks time.

Rampage finds Johnson playing a primatologist whose beloved pal, an albino gorilla, is transformed into a giant menace as the result of a genetic experiment gone wrong.

In second place, Paramount’s high-concept horror film A Quiet Place continued to defy expectations in its sophomore outing, earning $32.6 million for a US total just shy of $100 million at $99.6 million. That’s mightily impressive for a film with a modest budget. John Krasinski directs and stars in the film, which also features Emily Blunt.

Horror also took third place at the US box office, with Truth or Dare, the latest micro-budget collaboration from Universal and Blumhouse, opening to a strong $19.2 million in the US.

The supernatural thriller follows a group of spring breakers who play an innocent game of Truth or Dare that turns deadly.

Rounding out the top five in the US were Steven Spielberg’s Ready Player One, which took a further $11.2 million for a US total of $114.6 million, and Universal’s R-rated comedy Blockers, which came fifth with $10.3 million for a 10-day US haul of $36.9 million.