It seems like only December that Dwayne Johnson was making all the money with Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle, which wound up this week becoming Sony’s biggest domestic hit of all time, trumping the original Spider-Man‘s $401 million with $403 million. Now, The Rock is back, and he’s hoping to make a monkey out of the competition.
Rampage is based on the beloved 1980s video game featuring a giant lizard, a giant gorilla, and a giant wolf tearing up city buildings and eating citizens. I had a copy for my SEGA Master System and played it over and over – it really didn’t get old, even though there wasn’t much to it. Which just might be the problem with Johnson’s big screen version of a game that never had much story to begin with. While I’ll always give serious credit to the megastar for his devotion to entertain the millions… and millions of his fans around the world, a big screen version of Rampage screams Bad Idea Jeans. And judging by the reviews, I think I’m right. While The Rock will no doubt score the top spot at the box office by sheer weight of his stardom, I don’t expect Rampage to have anywhere near the legs of Jumanji. Look for it to debut with $43 million.
As for the rest of the top five, A Quiet Place will continue its solid run, dropping to second place with $32 million. Blumhouse’s Truth or Dare will try to cut into the horror audience, but it will have to settle for third place with $16 million. Ready Player One will be right behind it in fourth place with $14 million, while Blockers will close things out in fifth place with $12 million.
So, to recap, here are our predictions:
1) Rampage – $43 million
2) A Quiet Place – $42 million
3) Blumhouse’s Truth or Dare – $16 million
4) Ready Player One – $14 million
5) Blockers – $12 million
Be sure to check back late Sunday to see how the weekend turns out!