There’s something about a mid-April release that really proves Dwayne Johnson’s box office prowess. Exactly a year ago, he was leading the way with $98m, alongside Vin Diesel and others, in ‘Fate of the Furious’ – a film which had the biggest worldwide opening weekend of all time with $541.9m. Two years before that, he was again topping the charts in the US with ‘Fast 7′. This year, it was a little more reserved, with ‘Rampage ‘ making (as predicted by yours truly) the solid start of $35.8m to claim top spot.
With an A- on Cinemascore, and an 81% audience score on Rotten Tomatoes (although 50% by critics), Warner Bros will be confident in the positive word-of-mouth surrounding the film in upcoming weeks; it’ll need this if it wants to remain in cinemas, and possibly reach the $100m domestic mark. It’s very optimistic, especially as ‘Infinity War’ opens in a week, but a 2.78x domestic total/opening weekend multiple isn’t impossible – just look at another of The Rock’s flicks, ‘San Andreas’.
Coming in at a close second was ‘A Quiet Place’. Its $33m gross (don’t forget, in its second weekend) was just a shade below the opening of another much-heralded horror from last year, ‘Get Out’ ($33.4m). With $100m now in the bank from the US, and $151.7m worldwide, ‘A Quiet Place’ is looking to become a hugely profitable film after just 2 weeks of release, especially with the budget only being between $17m-$21m (depending on where you look). The real question, then, is how much can ‘A Quiet Place’ make? My unofficial prediction, based on how similar it’s performing to 2017’s ‘Split’, is around $170m. Nothing quiet (heh) about that.
Another horror is next, and it’s ‘Truth or Dare’, raking in an impressive $18.7m. The moral of the story here is pretty obvious: never write-off Blumhouse. The 15% on Rotten Tomatoes had us fooled into thinking an opening of around $12m was in play, but the under-25 target audience really ate this up. A different type of horror to ‘A Quiet Place’, this is a good example of 2 same-genre films not necessarily cannibalising each other. But, its B- on Cinemascore may indicate that it won’t stick around to cannibalise anything else either.
‘Ready Player One’ saw a 53.2% drop from last weekend (for an $11.5m weekend), much more substantial than the 41% drop in its first weekend. Although, we can attribute this to ‘Rampage’s opening, as well as Spielberg’s fantasy movie losing nearly 600 cinemas this weekend, so, this isn’t the big news. What’s really interesting here, is how ‘Ready Player One’ has nearly hit $500m worldwide, a massive figure, bolstered by its incredible popularity in China; according to Deadline, it’s now just shy of $200m over there. Wow.
Rounding off the top 5 is ‘Blockers‘, the comedy that’s starting to get a bit crowded amongst the general blockbuster noise. Its $10.8m this weekend isn’t at all bad, but you just get the feeling that more could’ve been made if Universal didn’t release ‘Truth or Dare’, a film targeted at the same young, female audience, only a week after. To make matters worse, Amy Schumer’s comedy ‘I Feel Pretty’ opens next weekend – so, let’s just hope its PG-13 rating means less of an audience overlap, for ‘Blockers’ sake.
‘Black Panther’ drops out of the top 5 for the first time since it came onto our screens 9 weeks ago. It only fell by 33.9%, giving it a current domestic total of $674.2m and a worldwide cume of $1.309bn. We’re hoping that ‘Infinity War’ may give the film the boost it needs, to not only creep past $700m in the US but also past ‘The Last Jedi’s $1.33bn worldwide number, to become the 9th biggest film of all time.
‘Isle of Dogs’ grossed a very disappointing $5.5m this weekend, just a 20% increase from last weekend even though it opened in 1,400 more cinemas. The Christian drama ‘I Can Only Imagine’ finally saw a major drop of near 50% after losing over 300 cinemas, but with $75m in the bank, it’s been a more than satisfying run. Tyler Perry’s ‘Acrimony’s $3.7m weekend gives it a total of $37.8m, and will probably end up just short of his 2017 effort, ‘Boo 2! A Madea Halloween’, which raked in a $47.3m domestic total. Finally, period-drama ‘Chappaquidick’, originally meant for a late 2017 ‘for the awards’ release, came in at number 10, with $3.1m in its second weekend.
The top 10 box office report for the weekend is below. Next weekend sees ‘I Feel Pretty’ starring Amy Schumer, ‘Super Troopers 2′ (the sequel to the 2001 cult classic), and ‘Traffik’ starring Paula Patton and Omar Epps, all opening in the US. What do you think will challenge ‘Rampage‘ for the top spot?
|Rank||Last Week Rank||Film||Weekend Gross||Total Gross||Weekend drop||Jumpcut’s prediction||Difference||Week number|
|2||1||A Quiet Place||$33.0m||$100m||-34.3%||$32.2m||$0.8m||2|
|3||–||Truth or Dare||$18.7m||$18.7m||–||$12.5m||$6.2m||1|
|4||2||Ready Player One||$11.5m||$114.9m||-53.2%||$13.5m||$2m||3|
|7||10||Isle of Dogs||$5.5m||$18.9m||+20%||$10m||$4.5m||4|
|8||6||I Can Only Imagine||$4.1m||$75.3m||-46.9%||$5.7m||$1.6m||5|
|9||5||Tyler Perry’s Acrimony||$3.7m||$37.8m||-56.4%||$3.8m||$0.1m||3|