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.
The film pulled in a disappointing $32M (Dh117.5M) on its opening weekend in the USA - some way off the $40M early tracking had hoped for - and could only manage second place at the box office behind John Krasinski's surprise hit horror A Quiet Place, which retained top spot for a second week.
The almost $35 million gross, however, is certainly a win for the $120 million film, slightly beating expectations here in America. The movie failed to impress critics but garnered an A-minus CinemaScore, suggesting decent word-of-mouth prospects.
In second place, Paramount's thriller A Quiet Place will take in about $32.6 million, which represents a very modest 35% decline from its excellent opening last week.
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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. This weekend's almost $33 million gorss pushes its 10-day total of $100 million against a $17 million budget.
Both films will have a chance to add to their totals next week (with the only new competition coming in the form of I Feel Pretty, Super Troopers 2, and Traffik) before the real 2,000 pound gorilla of the summer season, Avengers: Infinity War, opens nationwide on April 26. 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.
In sixth place, Black Panther saw little impact from its home entertainment release announcement, as it still took in $5.3 million for a 673.7 million domestic total. This appears to be the typical "one-week-only" box office event that is typical of disposable teen horror films where a 60% to 70% drop at the following week's box office is not uncommon and readily accepted by studios.
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