Genre films continue to beat down the competition as Warner Bros./New Line Cinema’s video game adaptation of Rampage (read our review) has not only broken the curse, but annihilated the worldwide box office.
The Brad Peyton-directed, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson-starrer took the top of the weekend box office with an estimated $34.5M domestic and a ridiculous $114M international for a worldwide total of $148.6M! With Rampage‘s $120M reported budget and marketing spend, it still has quite a ways to go before it can be called a success, but it’s hard to think it won’t find a way as it stomps its way across the globe.
As for John Krasinski‘s directorial debut A Quiet Place (read our review out of SXSW), it dropped only 35% and nearly stole the top spot from Rampage. It was able to take in an estimated $32.6M in its second week of release for a domestic total of $99.6M. It’s topped $150M internationally on just a $17M budget making it one of the year’s biggest hits already. A $200M+ theatrical run isn’t out of the question for this Platinum Dunes-produced horror film about a family that lives an isolated existence in utter silence, for fear of an unknown threat that follows and attacks at any sound.
Blumhouse’s hot streak has slowed a bit with the critically-panned Truth or Dare (read our review), which still managed an impressive debut at the third position in its opening weekend. While full weekend estimates are forthcoming, it did manage to take in $19M on a $3.5M reported budget. Even with marketing expenses, this should recoup here in the States easily with international box office being the gravy.
What’s the takeaway here? Well, horror is accounting for $87M of this weekend’s box office take. Studios need to take notice…