Rampage blows away UAE box offices

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Dwayne Johnson muscled his way to the top spot of the Korean and North American weekend box offices with "Rampage" this weekend, while silent horror flick "A Quiet Place" came in second on both sides of the Pacific. While his Baywatch movie under performed a year ago, Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle most certainly over performed, becoming a cultural sensation taking in over $950 million worldwide from a $90 million budget.

"Rampage" had the strongest opening in China, taking in $55 million from 21,500 screens. It beats out last weekend's No. 1, the horror film A Quiet Place, which was pushed down to second position. That's a modest 35 percent decline from its surprisingly potent debut last weekend.

"The originality of the film and its unique concept continues to draw massive crowds for the critically acclaimed film directed by and starring John Krasinski and featuring a terrific cast including Emily Blunt, Millicent Simmonds and Noah Jupe", wrote movie analyst Paul Dergarabedian at comScore in an email to Xinhua. Decent debuts by Truth of Dare and Isle of Dogs plus remarkably strong holdover business for Peter Rabbit and A Quiet Place helped keep cinemas busy. Even so, made within the low-budget Blumhouse model, that's still a recipe for success.

Director Steven Spielberg's Ready Player One, a futuristic homage to films of the 1980s, took in an estimated $11.2 million to hold fourth place in its third week out.

Raunchy R-rated comedy Blockers, starring John Cena and Leslie Mann, netted $10.3 million in its second weekend for fifth place.

Fox Searchlight expanded Wes Anderson's Isle of Dogs into almost 2,000 theaters yesterday where it grossed $1.6 million, pointing to a weekend of around $5 million, which isn't much more than the $4.5 million it grossed last weekend in over 1,000 fewer theaters.

The 2018 box office is down 2.4 percent compared to 2017.

Estimates have yet to be reported for the animated "Sgt". The averagely-reviewed movie nevertheless scored an A- with audiences according to CinemaScore.

The specialty release of note is Sony Pictures Classics' "The Rider". Critics gave the PG-13 frightfest a dire 15% approval on Rotten Tomatoes and a 36/100 on Metacritic.

The next US title to open in the Middle Kingdom will be Wes Anderson's Isle of Dogs on Friday.

Next weekend we will see Super Troopers 2 and I Feel Pretty, neither of which is likely to pass those numbers, right before the much-awaited release of Infinity War the weekend after that.

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