Rampage Rocks Box Office, But Quiet Place Keeps Rolling

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Movies don’t get much different from each other than Rampage and A Quiet Place. The former, based on a 1990s-era video game, is dumb, loud fun built on gigantic monsters and CGI explosions and, oh yeah, the bulky charisma of Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. A Quiet Place is, well, a quieter movie—an intelligent horror thriller whose most manly hero is best known for playing a worker bee in the sitcom The Office.

What could such films have in common? Well, both do have the occasional CGI beastie running about. Both, um, feature actors with some form of “John” in their name. Oh—and both made a good chunk o’ money this weekend.

Newbie Rampage took the box-office crown from A Quiet Place, but it was closer than many people expected. The actioner featuring a gigantic angry ape, a humongous flying wolf and, well, a seriously large alligator, stampeded to an estimated $34.5 million in North America this week—not bad, but not great, considering the folks at Warner Bros. spent an estimated $120 million making the thing. (As one might expect from an adventure with a high explosion-to-dialogue ratio, Rampage is doing much better overseas, collecting $114.1 million.)

But the real story this weekend was the staying power of A Quiet Place. It earned another $32.6 million stateside, which brings its total gross within sight of $100 million (it now stands at $99.6 mil). The horror flick, directed by and starring John Krasinski, is showing signs of being this year’s most terrifying success story, following in the footsteps of last year’s horror darling Get Out.

Blumhouse’s Truth or Dare, the other major horror flick in theaters right now, can only dream of such success. The teen-centric slasher premiered in third place, collecting $19.1 million. But we can’t be too hard on the flick, at least financially: Truth is, the makers of Truth or Dare spend only an estimated $3.5 million to make it. At that price, and given the traditional success of cheap horror movies, the film wasn’t so much as a daring bet as a reasonably safe investment.

Ready Player One slid down the box-office standings to fourth place, collecting $11.2 million en route. Blockers, the salacious R-rated comedy, blocked every other movie from finishing in the top five, banking $10.3 million for fifth. And as of press time, goodhearted Sgt. Stubby: An American Hero, a story about an amazing dog’s heroism during World War I, is AWOL from our box-office countdown.

Who wrote this?

Paul Asay has been writing for Plugged In since 2007 and loves superheroes and finding God in unexpected places. In addition, Paul has also written several books, with his newest—Burning Bush 2.0—recently published by Abingdon Press. When Paul’s not reviewing movies, he hikes with his wife, Wendy, runs marathons with his grown kids, Colin and Emily, and beats back unruly houseplants. Follow him on Twitter @AsayPaul.

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Tricia Inscho More than 1 year ago
Saw it last night - thought it was great. We were the only people in the theater :/
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Because it's hot trash and Christians finally realized they want GOOD movies.
Chuck Anziulewicz More than 1 year ago
"Rampage" doesn't interest me a bit. I have no patience for Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson nor CGI gorillas.

I saw "A Quiet Place" last Sunday and really enjoyed it, although I felt a bit cheated by how it ended.
Abraham Lincoln More than 1 year ago
I was absolutely floored by A Quiet Place. It was absolutely terrifying, yet incredibly moving and emotional. I'm not a horror movie fan, but this film was a rare and well-deserved exception. It was impeccably made, riveting, and absolutely clean - not a single swear word or suggestive element to be found. But most of all, it actually has powerful messages about familial love that apply to children AND adults. It all sounds too good to be true, but there it is.

Best of the year? We'll have to see, but it's really just that good.... I'd recommend A Quiet Place to just about everyone I know. It's age-appropriate, intelligent, quality cinema.
seraph_unsung More than 1 year ago
I'm really glad to hear it's that good.  I'm planning on seeing it (and Rampage, and Paul, Apostle of Christ) at some point.   Thank you for your detailed recommendation!
Airship Prodigy More than 1 year ago
Thank you for your opinion Mr. President
charitysplace More than 1 year ago
Yeah, it was excellent. Glad to see it's doing so well, also.
Julienne Dy More than 1 year ago
Aww, it's a crying shame that the Sgt. Stubby movie isn't doing so well in the box office.  The trailers made it look so charming, and your review REALLY made me want to see it.