Right after a lot nail biting and hand wringing, it seems like "Rampage," Dwayne Johnson's destruction-filled adaptation of the traditional arcade game, won the box office race with $34.5 million. For a while it seemed like John Krasinski's horror tale "A Quiet Place" would get the top spot (especially given the inherent spookiness of a Friday the 13th weekend), but that finished up at #2 with $32.6 million, which usually is still admirably amazing (it's down just 35% from last weekend) and places it just below the vaulted $100 million mark. (Unlike the $120 million+ "Rampage," "A Quiet Place" had a moderate budget of just $17 million.)
Elsewhere, newcomer "Truth or Dare" from Universal and horror hitmaker Blumhouse, amazed by over-performing with $19 million, sufficient to put it in the #3 spot, ahead of Steven Spielberg's whirligig "Ready Player One," which in its third week stays in the top 5 with $11.2 million. So far, Spielberg's nostalgia-filled joyride has gathered just north of $114.6 million, which is excellent but not fantastic considering its steep $175 million production costs (and that's before you consider what Warner Bros. spent marketing and advertising the movie).
Universal's R-rated comedy "Blockers" rounded out the best 5 with $10.3 million, bringing its total to $36.9 million. It also is really worth nothing that Marvel Studios' "Black Panther" was #6 despite a big press earlier in the week to declare the movie's home video launch in May. Disney is telling people "it's arriving to your living room" and they're still hurrying out to the theaters to see it (it's down just 39% from the week before). That's really incredible. Also incredible: its $673.7 million domestic haul. Way to go Wakanda.
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