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Dwayne Johnson’s ‘Rampage’ Could Fall to ‘A Quiet Place’ in Tight Box Office Race

Paramount’s horror movie is looking at a great second weekend, while “Rampage” may open below expectations

Word of mouth for Paramount’s “A Quiet Place” is pushing it towards a great second weekend, as it now has a chance of staving off Warner Bros./New Line’s “Rampage” to keep the top spot at the box office.

John Krasinski’s critically acclaimed film made $10.5 million in its second Friday and is now looking at a second weekend total of $34 million. That’s just a 32 percent drop from the film’s $50 million opening weekend and puts it on track for a 10-day domestic total above $100 million.

“Rampage” made $11.5 million on its opening Friday from 4,101 screens, including $2.4 million from Thursday previews. Estimates now have Dwayne Johnson’s CGI-filled monster film making $32 million this weekend against a $120 million budget, below pre-weekend projections for a $35-40 million opening.

The good news is that while critics have been mixed with a 51 percent Rotten Tomatoes score, audiences enjoyed the film and gave it an A- on CinemaScore. That could lead to good word of mouth that can bump up the Saturday numbers and push the film past “A Quiet Place,” though even with that it’s still uncertain whether “Rampage” can stay out of the red.

In third is Universal/Blumhouse’s “Truth or Dare,” which is beating projections with $8.2 million from 3,029 locations on Friday, giving it an estimated $19 million opening. Blumhouse’s traditionally thrifty approach to filmmaking makes this movie’s mark to reach profitability low, with a production budget of just $3.5 million. But critics panned the film with a 16 percent RT score, and audiences didn’t like it much more with a B- on CinemaScore.

“Ready Player One” sits in fourth with $2.9 million made on its third Friday and an estimated $11.1 million weekend, while “Blockers” completes the top five with an estimated $10 million second weekend, roughly 51 percent down from its $20.5 million launch.

Meanwhile, “Black Panther” will finally fall out of the top five in its ninth weekend with $5.3 million, just two weekends before Marvel Studios reestablishes its grip on the box office with “Avengers: Infinity War.” Just below the superhero movie in seventh is Fox Searchlight’s “Isle of Dogs,” which made $1.5 million in its first day of nationwide release. The Wes Anderson stop-motion animated film is expected to make $4.7 million from 1,939 screens this weekend.