Weekend Box Office

Weekend Box Office Results: A Quiet Place Almost Shuts Rampage Out of Top Spot

A Quiet Place holds strong to almost win a big upset on the weekend of April 13-15, 2018.

by | April 15, 2018 | Comments

The weekend kicked off on Friday the 13th, so it was appropriate that three films centered on different kinds of horrors battled it out for the top of the box office: Rampage, Blumhouse’s Truth or Dare, and last week’s horror hit, A Quiet Place. The Rock and a trio of giant animals may have ultimately rallied to take the top spot with a projected $34.5 million, but Rampage only barely outmuscled the word-of-mouth monster that is John Krasinski’s A Quiet Place. Tomorrow, the latter movie will become the fifth film of 2018 to pass $100 million. It looks like it is going to outgross Steven Spielberg’s latest film domestically by next week and go on to become one of the most profitable films of the year.


King of the Crop: Loud Word of Mouth Gives A Quiet Place One of Year’s Best Holds

(Photo by © Paramount)

By all accounts, it should have been an easy victory for Rampage this weekend. Instead, Krasinski’s film had one of the best holds of the year for a film in over 3,000 theaters, falling just 35.1% from its opening week. Only family films Paddington 2 (-27.2%), Peter Rabbit (-30%), and Sherlock Gnomes (-34%) fared better. A Quiet Place’s hold puts it in the category of films like The Martian ($54.2 million opening followed by a -31.9% drop) and Inception ($62.7 million, -32%), both of which had greater than 4x multiples. A Quiet Place has also held well on the Tomatometer, only dropping to 95% from 97% last week as more reviews came in. Given those box office numbers, and the fact that the film is pacing ahead of last year’s Get Out (which had a 15.4% drop after a $33 million start and finished with $176 million), there is a very real chance that A Quiet Place could stretch itself to $200 million domestic. Anything over $20.8 million next weekend (or under a 36.2% drop), and it will remain on that pace. Though the current estimates are more in the $185-$195 million range, it is still an incredible success for Krasinski and Paramount.


Rotten(ish) Returns: Rampage Lands on the Lower End of The Rock’s Box Office Scale

(Photo by © Warner Bros.)

Dwayne Johnson’s first foray into the video game grid, the critically-maligned Doom (19% on the Tomatometer), came up with just $15.4 million on opening weekend, then suffered one of the worst drops and multiples ever with 72.7% and 1.82. Critics were kinder to Rampage, which split them down the middle and has a current Tomatometer score of 50%. That’s somewhere between the 76% that Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle received on its way to over $950 million worldwide, and the 18% that Baywatch scored in 2017. Actually, it matches the 50% that the last Dwayne Johnson/Brad Peyton collaboration, San Andreas, received — but that film opened to $54.5 million when it bowed in May 2015. Rampage’s $34.5 million is less than Central Intelligence’s June 2016 opening of $35.5 million (70% on the Tomatometer) and not much more than July 2014’s Hercules ($29.8 million, 59% on the Tomatometer).

Looking at films opening in non-Summer/Holiday months with critical scores between 44% and 52% that opened to between $25-$35 million, Rampage joins a list that includes ConstantineThe Book of EliPercy Jackson & The OlympiansJohn CarterJack the Giant SlayerMaze Runner: The Scorch Trials, and this year’s Pacific Rim Uprising. (Tomorrowland also had similar numbers in May 2015.) The bad news from that list is that not a single one of them managed a 3x multiple over their opening weekend. The average multiplier of 2.53 between them means we’ll put Rampage’s first domestic estimate at $87-$91 million. There are some signs of hope, though: Infinity War is less than two weeks away, but very little else feels like must-see material until Deadpool 2 in mid-May. If word-of-mouth does not bury it, Pacific Rim Uprising-style, the $120 million production can still turn a profit. It has made $114 million internationally to date. San Andreas grossed over $318 million. (More positive signs? It’s on track to be the best reviewed video game movie ever, a fact that has Dwayne Johnson beaming.)


Fresh (Not) Surprise: Truth Or Dare Another Win for Blumhouse

(Photo by © Universal)

It should hardly be a surprise that a Blumhouse production can turn a profit with a healthy opening weekend. When your production cost is $3.5 million, as Truth or Dare’s was, and you can net five times that in three days, things are looking just fine. The $19 million did not match the $20-plus million mark that the last four Blumhouse horror films (Insidious: The Last Key, Happy Death Day, Get Out, Split), but that may have something to do with the quality of the film. Unlike last October’s Happy Death Day, which scored 71% on the Tomatometer, Truth or Dare’s 15% puts it in the bottom quotient of 2018 films, alongside Death Wish (17%), Midnight Sun (16%), Winchester (14%), Fifty Shades Freed, and God’s Not Dead: A Light in Darkness (both 13%). Following a similar path to Happy Death Day would put Truth or Dare’s first estimate at around $41 million total. Not bad for a $3.5 million startup investment.


Also New This Week: BeirutSgt. Stubby Connect with Critics, But Where Are the Audiences?

(Photo by © Bleecker Street Media)

Bleecker Street’s Beirut, with Jon Hamm and Rosamund Pike, did well with critics (78%) but has yet to find much of an audience in its 755 theaters. It’s take of $1.65 million meant a per-theater-average of just $2,193. The best-reviewed new release of the weekend was Fun Academy’s Sgt. Stubby: An American Hero (90% so far, from 20 reviews). The animated film made just a million dollars in 1,633 theaters. Amazon Studios expanded Lynne Ramsay’s acclaimed You Were Never Really Here (87% on the Tomatometer) with Joaquin Phoenix into 51 theaters, where it grossed an estimated $324,282 for the fourth-best PTA of the weekend behind A Quiet Place, Rampage and Sony Classics’ The Rider, which boasted a $15,089 average in just three theaters and is Certified Fresh at 96%.


This Time Last Year: A Better Weekend for The Rock

Dwayne Johnson had a much better weekend when The Fate of the Furious debuted to $98.7 million. The Boss Baby had just joined the $100 million club going into the weekend and Beauty and the Beast joined the exclusive $450 million club by the end of it. Another man-vs.-giant monster film, Kong: Skull Island, was spending its sixth and final week in the top 10, with a total gross of $161.2 million (on its way to $168 million).


On the Vine: Dueling Comedies Before the War Begins

(Photo by © STX Entertainment)

It’s Pick Your Comedy Poison next weekend. STX’s I Feel Pretty, with Amy Schumer, has the wider launch of the two major comedies opening. Snatched, her follow-up to the $110 million hit, Trainwreck, was a disappointment with just $45 million domestic. Pretty’s more high-concept conceit may prove a stronger draw, and the film is quietly picking up good buzz. It is up against the return of Broken Lizard to its breakthrough roots with Super Troopers 2. Fox Searchlight is hoping enough of its cult audience is ready for another meow-worthy mustache ride. Searchlight has released 41 films that have grossed over $20 million in total. The Broken Lizard crew has yet to release one.


The Full Top 10: April 13-15

1. Rampage – $34.5 million ($34.5 million total)
2. A Quiet Place – $32.6 million ($99.6 million total)
3. Blumhouse’s Truth or Dare – $19.0 million ($19.0 million total)
4. Ready Player One – $11.2 million ($114.6 million total)
5. Blockers – $10.2 million ($36.9 million total)
6. Black Panther – $5.3 million ($673.7 million total)
7. Isle of Dogs – $5.0 million ($18.4 million total)
8. I Can Only Imagine – $3.8 million ($74.9 million total)
9. Tyler Perry’s Acrimony – $3.7 million ($37.8 million total)
10. Chappaquiddick – $3.0 million ($11.0 million total)

– Erik Childress can be heard each week evaluating box office on WGN Radio with Nick Digilio as well as on Business First AM with Angela Miles and his Movie Madness Podcast.

[box office figures via Box Office Mojo]

Tag Cloud

stoner book Adult Swim chucky spanish language SDCC The CW Heroines award winner VOD See It Skip It discovery universal monsters adaptation X-Men Year in Review screen actors guild GLAAD CBS All Access TruTV vampires classics TCA PBS Television Critics Association 2016 talk show Fantasy Amazon Studios MSNBC comic YouTube Red witnail Creative Arts Emmys animated dramedy TCM Calendar supernatural ITV FX on Hulu Kids & Family The Purge anime Captain marvel Emmys independent die hard TBS documentary obituary satire scary movies Tumblr 2020 video on demand Polls and Games technology sag awards Extras mutant films streaming BBC One anthology Certified Fresh Brie Larson dark Pirates Logo name the review scorecard hollywood A24 President nature Fall TV south america ratings historical drama First Reviews BBC America crime thriller latino news Women's History Month justice league USA Network Toys Cartoon Network TIFF Lucasfilm blockbuster concert Ellie Kemper Marvel Television Summer Paramount Network cartoon Rock 007 OWN comedies Super Bowl Hallmark DC streaming service 2017 The Arrangement festivals CMT hist diversity Black Mirror Musicals crossover reboot jamie lee curtis Freeform elevated horror sitcom cults psycho Pixar docudrama what to watch Ghostbusters spider-man Mary poppins Vudu Star Trek game show Cosplay Set visit video BAFTA richard e. Grant theme song parents Rocky war superhero LGBT Interview Sneak Peek serial killer BBC Holiday Tubi SXSW Arrowverse criterion crime science fiction Discovery Channel casting Chernobyl canceled Pop facebook halloween TCA 2017 Shudder golden globes Acorn TV canceled TV shows DC Comics Masterpiece Disney+ Disney Plus Valentine's Day Winter TV Tarantino stand-up comedy Election Reality politics doctor who Schedule Warner Bros. Academy Awards Amazon Prime Film franchise aliens Emmy Nominations Christmas cancelled TV shows E3 Walt Disney Pictures cinemax Dark Horse Comics Comedy Central CBS Syfy Reality Competition Spectrum Originals Food Network binge Mary Tyler Moore New York Comic Con slashers strong female leads cancelled miniseries Disney streaming service football CNN Hulu Star Wars 24 frames kids Drama Disney Plus series Avengers VH1 travel Classic Film Netflix Christmas movies spinoff fast and furious BET Awards Nickelodeon harry potter IFC Films best directors cancelled TV series rotten A&E worst movies Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt cops Crackle GIFs Apple TV Plus TV Land composers Turner Classic Movies Best and Worst AMC Marvel Sundance TV TCA Winter 2020 ESPN zero dark thirty Cannes Funimation E! reviews cats Epix batman Premiere Dates Comics on TV thriller medical drama Crunchyroll screenings DC Universe finale DirecTV TNT 20th Century Fox Television Academy Red Carpet crime drama comics 2015 Amazon Prime Video foreign Musical Endgame dc spy thriller Spring TV Showtime Watching Series psychological thriller nfl Turner green book Trivia zombie dragons 2019 period drama social media free movies DGA hispanic RT21 Nominations Comedy singing competition Trophy Talk Universal television Stephen King spain dogs Superheroes Character Guide Photos HBO Max LGBTQ Sony Pictures Awards Awards Tour political drama Amazon Marathons Song of Ice and Fire FOX space joker American Society of Cinematographers Spike Esquire mission: impossible dceu ghosts Rom-Com Binge Guide YouTube Premium Opinion History all-time Nat Geo natural history sports The Witch unscripted comiccon Country Action MTV Tomatazos CW Seed Music TV renewals mockumentary rotten movies we love OneApp SundanceTV Hallmark Christmas movies twilight Disney Channel Biopics sequels Lifetime Christmas movies cancelled television romantic comedy Infographic Hear Us Out Starz Netflix Sundance Now TCA Awards stop motion Apple Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Writers Guild of America NYCC FX YA Apple TV+ blaxploitation Pride Month venice Peacock Pet Sematary Lionsgate remakes disaster Britbox GoT Black History Month Fox News Ovation transformers 45 BET romance Elton John Superheroe USA Teen Thanksgiving 4/20 Mary Poppins Returns Anna Paquin HBO Video Games indie Winners Family Podcast Grammys based on movie Countdown San Diego Comic-Con zombies Quiz TLC HBO Go Lifetime Shondaland adventure breaking bad Box Office a nightmare on elm street IFC Oscars WGN Martial Arts police drama cooking 2018 TV werewolf festival National Geographic Rocketman critics Sundance quibi Comic Book child's play YouTube MCU ABC Family toronto documentaries boxoffice asian-american FXX 72 Emmy Awards WarnerMedia game of thrones 21st Century Fox Mudbound movies christmas movies true crime teaser Mindy Kaling The Walking Dead Film Festival Pop TV worst toy story Columbia Pictures Holidays 71st Emmy Awards VICE cars El Rey Paramount First Look versus Mystery laika indiana jones nbcuniversal Animation Marvel Studios NBC Travel Channel biography tv talk renewed TV shows RT History Horror Disney children's TV Western sequel Sci-Fi Bravo Trailer robots emmy awards ABC PlayStation movie revenge APB Baby Yoda PaleyFest