Rampage: Dwayne Johnson’s Star Power

Again demonstrating Dwayne Johnson’s mega-star power, New Line Cinema and Warner’s Rampage took the top slot at the domestic box office with $34.5 million from 4,101 theaters.

“Dwayne Johnson is a closer,” Warner’s Goldstein said. “He’s got an incredible connection with his fan base. He’s a global draw unlike anybody else today.”

Though the sci-fi actioner has an impressive A- CinemaScore and 80% audience approval on Rotten Tomatoes, Rampage relies heavily on overseas to carry its costly $120 million budget. The video game adaptation earned $114.1 million internationally, with a worldwide total of $148.6 million.

Its opening was enough to just narrowly take the box office crown from A Quiet Place, which earned $32.9 million in 3,589 locations. Assisted by rave reviews, the film only dropping 34%, bringing its cumulative domestic gross to an impressive $100 million.

“The speed with which ‘A Quiet Place’ has raced to the $100 million mark is a testament to the film’s ongoing appeal and a result of terrific word of mouth,” said Paul Dergarabedian, a film analyst at comScore.

Universal and Blumhouse’s Truth or Dar, the supernatural thriller debuted in third place with $19 million from 3,029 theaters.  Starring Lucy Hale and Tyler Posey, the film made $2.6 million internationally, for a global total of $21.7 million off its budget under $5 million.

Spielberg’s “Ready Player One” made $11 million from 3,661 locations, lifting its domestic gross to $114.5 million.

Universal’s “Blockers,” Kay Cannon’s raunchy comedy starring John Cena, Leslie Mann, and Ike Barinholtz dropped 50% to take in $10 million from 3,418 locations. In total, the pic has made $37 million.

The wide release of Wes Anderson’s “Isle of Dogs” made $5 million from 1,939 locations. The stop-motion animated film, which has grossed $18.5 million, opened in limited release at the end of March.

Entertainment Studios’ canine-themed “Sgt. Stubby: An American Hero,” made $1.1 million in 1,633 locations.

Directed and co-written by Richard Lanni, “Sgt. Stubby”  features the voices of Logan Lerman, Helena Bonham Carter and Gerard Depardieu.

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