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Weekend Box Office: Rampage gives Dwayne Johnson something new to brag about

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It’s a true testament to Dwayne Johnson’s charisma that even when he’s being totally cocky, it still comes across as charming. (Even the official Doom twitter account played along when he shit-talked the movie on Twitter.) Now Johnson has something new to endearingly brag about on social media, as his new film Rampage is not only one point ahead of Tomb Raider on Rotten Tomatoes, it’s currently the No. 1 movie in America.


The extremely loud smash-’em-up pulled in $34.5 million in its opening weekend, just barely edging out a much quieter—and better reviewed—monster movie: John Krasinski’s A Quiet Place. The Office star’s formally inventive horror-thriller dropped 35 percent (again, about average in an era where social media can make or break a film almost instantly) in its second week, coming in at No. 2 with $32.6 million. It’s made $99.6 million so far on a $17 million production budget and is all but guaranteed to cross the $100 million mark this week, yet another victory for genre fans currently experiencing the rush of long-overdue mainstream recognition experienced by comic-book nerds in the late ‘00s. A Quiet Place also boasted the week’s best per-theater average for a wide-release film, pulling in a respectable $9,083 on each of its 3,589 screens.

Meanwhile, even a modest No. 3 debut is a victory for Blumhouse’s Truth Or Dare, which wisely banked on the reputation of its parent studio—“from the producer of Get Out” makes a much better marketing tagline than “85 percent of critics hated it!”—to make $19 million on a $3.5 million production budget in its first weekend. That’s enough for an entire Never Have I Ever franchise, should Blumhouse so choose. The rest of this week’s top 10 is composed of holdovers, including Ready Player One at No. 4 as it begins its retreat from theaters (the film was dropped from 573 screens last week); Blockers at No. 5, dropping 49.9 percent even as it added 39 screens (that marketing campaign really didn’t do it any favors); and our old friend Black Panther, still in the top 10 in its ninth week in theaters at No. 6.

In smaller, less destructive animal-movie news, Wes Anderson’s Isle Of Dogs continues to climb, making its nationwide rollout last weekend onto an additional 1,385 theater screens and climbing from No. 10 to No. 7 in the process. Meanwhile, fellow animated canine Sgt. Stubby: An American Hero struggled to find its audience, opening at No. 15 with a pretty terrible $772 per-screen average. (It wasn’t the week’s worst, though; that dubious distinction goes to Hostiles, pulling in an average of $217 per theater in its 17th week.) Perhaps the people just prefer horses, as Chloé Zhao’s rodeo cowboy drama The Rider boasted the week’s best limited per-theater average, making an average of $14,081 on each of its three screens.

For more detailed numbers, visit Box Office Mojo.