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‘Rampage’ Stalls at Box Office for $27M-Plus Debut, Could Lose to ‘A Quiet Place’

Starring Dwayne Johnson, ‘Rampage’ had been expected to clear $35 million-$40 million in its domestic launch; elsewhere, new horror film ‘Truth or Dare’ is off to a solid start despite competition from ‘A Quiet Place.’

In a surprise twist, Dwayne Johnson’s action-adventure Rampage is stalling out at the North American box office, where it could lose the weekend to holdover A Quiet Place, according to early returns.

Rampage is on course to gross $9.5 million-plus on Friday for a domestic bow in the $27 million-$30 million range, well behind the forecasted $35 million-$40 million. If early projections hold true, the big-budget New Line film will become the latest videogame adaptation to struggle, although New Line and Warners still believe the movie could come in as high as $32 million. Friday’s gross will include $2.4 million in Thursday previews.

Conversely, Paramount’s high-concept horror film, A Quiet Place, continues to defy expectations in its sophomore outing. The movie, directed by John Krasinski, is expected to earn $30 million or more this weekend, a drop of less than 35 percent.

In Rampage, Johnson plays a primatologist whose beloved pal — a silverback gorilla — is transformed into a giant menace as the result of a genetic experiment (there’s also a wolf and a crocodile involved). The movie cost at least $115 million-$120 million to produce.

In terms of its Thursday evening number, Rampage came in behind the $3.8 million earned in previews two weeks ago by Steven Spielberg’s Ready Player One, which debuted on a Thursday. Ready Player One posted a four-day start of $53 million over Easter weekend, including a three-day take of nearly $42 million.

New Line and Warner Bros. expect Rampage to do big business overseas, where it opened in 39 markets on Thursday, collecting $8.2 million on approximately 17,250 screens. It’s two-day came from the 41 markets it’s now playing in stands at $9.7 million.

In China, its opening Friday estimate, including Thursday sneaks, stans at $15.7 million from 20,000 screens, surpassing opening day numbers for Ready Player One by 11 percent.

Also opening this weekend is Truth or Dare, the latest micro-budgeted collaboration from Universal and Blumhouse.The film grossed $750,000 in Thursday previews for a projected $17.5 million-plus domestic opening, a solid start considering it faces competition from A Quiet Place.

The supernatural thriller — hitting theaters on Friday the 13th — revolves around a group of spring breakers who play an innocent game of truth or dare that turns deadly. Directed by Jeff Wadlow, the film stars Lucy Hale and Tyler Posey.

April 13, 12 p.m. Updated with revised weekend estimates.

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