The action hero's new disaster movie Rampage will debut with an estimated $34.5 million from 4,101 theaters in the USA and Canada through Sunday, edging out last week's No. 1 title, A Quiet Place, while the horror flick Truth or Dare opens in third.
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"A Quiet Place", in its second week, took in a healthy US$32.6 million, buoyed by rave reviews. But again, with a massive budget like that, Rampage needs a good showing overseas to make a profit, and it's doing just that, eyeing a $50 million opening in China in addition to performing well in other overseas markets.
The almost $35 million gross, however, is certainly a win for the $120 million film, slightly beating expectations here in America.
Truth or Dare, the latest microbudget collaboration from Universal and Blumhouse, opened to strong $19.2 million in the US despite competition from A Quiet Place. The film has been received poorly with a B- CinemaScore grade and a 15 percent RT score.
The latter is nonetheless on track to top the full weekend chart.
Another low-budget horror film also had a great debut, with the Lucy Hale-starring "Truth or Dare" taking third place with an opening-weekend domestic take of $19.2 million. Two weekends before "Avengers" hits theaters, the film now has a domestic total of $673.8 million and a global total of $1.31 billion.
Rounding out the top five are Steven Spielberg and Warner Bros'. sci-fi adventure Ready Player One, with about $11.2 million in its third weekend, and Universal's R-rated comedy Blockers, with about $10.3 million in its second weekend.
In seventh is Fox Searchlight's "Isle of Dogs", which made $5 million from 1,939 screens in its first weekend in wide release, giving it a total of $18.4 million.