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If Dwayne Johnson Is Hollywood’s Biggest Star, Why Did ‘Rampage’ Open Soft?

If Dwayne Johnson Is Hollywood’s Biggest Star, Why Did ‘Rampage’ Open Soft?
“Rampage” opened #1 last weekend at just under $36 million, with Dwayne Johnson its only name draw. Is that enough to make The Rock the biggest movie star in Hollywood — or, is his greatest asset the near-complete dearth of actors who can open movies?

Johnson’s marquee value is well documented. Since 2011, he appeared in eight films that grossed over $100 million (nine if you include the animated “Moana”). “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” and “The Fate of the Furious” in 2017 each exceeded $200 million. However, times have changed. Once, being a top star meant your movies were always the year’s biggest movies. Now, in an era where animation and comic-book adaptations are the biggest draws, an actor’s own larger-than-life appeal is less important.

Rampage” should make around $90 million domestic and another $300 million or so additional overseas. Expect it to make $400 worldwide, perhaps a little more. With production and marketing costs topping $220 million,
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Literally just 3 minutes with Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson, the biggest movie star on the planet

The Rock is an unstoppable cinematic force. The Rock is doing to the box office whatever the Large Hadron Collider would do to a jelly. Forget whatever monster franchise epic you're writing a treatment for, The Rock is already starring in it and playing every character. The Rock, at the time of writing, has 12 movies listed on IMDb as either announced or in pre or post-production, but I stress 'the time of writing' as I can't type as fast as The Rock movies can get green-lit.
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The Best Monster Movies to Watch Instead of ‘Rampage’ — IndieWire Critics Survey

Every week, IndieWire asks a select handful of film critics two questions and publishes the results on Monday.

Last weekend saw the release of “Rampage,” which may be the highest-rated video game movie on Rotten Tomatoes, but probably won’t go down in history as the king of monster movies.

This week’s question: What monster movie should people watch instead of “Rampage?”

Matt Zoller Seitz (@MattZollerSeitz), RogerEbert.com

The 2014 “Godzilla,” directed by Gareth Edwards. Try to watch it on the biggest screen you can find, in a dark room. It’s the most aesthetically daring monster movie, and one of the most daring big budget Sf films, released in the last decade, owing as much to “Close Encounters” as it does to anything Toho made. I was shocked by how much money it made. It was basically a Terrence Malick Godzilla movie, right down to the cutaways to other
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Movie Review – Rampage (2018)

Rampage, 2018.

Directed by Brad Peyton.

Starring Dwayne Johnson, Naomie Harris, Malin Akerman, Jake Lacy, Joe Manganiello, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, P.J. Byrne, Marley Shelton, Breanne Hill, Jack Quaid, Matt Gerald, Jason Liles, Demetrius Grosse, and Will Yun Lee.

Synopsis:

When an experiment in genetic editing goes disastrously wrong, an albino gorilla is artificially enlarged to extraordinary size and develops dangerous levels of aggression, as his primatologist friend tries to bring him back under control.

Can you believe we are finally getting good video game films? Between Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, Tomb Raider, and to some extend Ready Player One, it’s been a great year for films that don’t necessarily follow a video game’s story but the feel you get from playing them. Rampage, starring Dwayne “The man who can make any franchise better” Johnson is based on a 32-year-old arcade game that had players take control of a King Kong-knockoff,
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‘Rampage’ Is the Highest-Rated Video-Game Movie on Rotten Tomatoes — for Now

‘Rampage’ Is the Highest-Rated Video-Game Movie on Rotten Tomatoes — for Now
This week in faint praise, “Rampage” — the video-game adaptation starring Dwayne Johnson, née The Rock — is the most well-received movie of its kind on Rotten Tomatoes. That’s the good news. The bad news is that the film is only at 50%, which still classifies it as “rotten” — and speaks to how poorly movies based on video games tend to be reviewed. (IndieWire’s David Ehrlich calls it “one of the blandest and most boring monster movies ever made.”)

The previous title-holder was “Tomb Raider,” which is currently at 49%; this has apparently been a good month for such projects. Rotten Tomatoes and Johnson have both acknowledged the feat, with the latter tweeting, “Wow! Very cool Rampage news! Not pointing to the scoreboard yet, but it seems we may have finally broken the dreaded video game curse. And remember, I starred in the stinker ‘Doom’ so I have lived thy curse ”

For its part,
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Rampage movie review: American kaiju

MaryAnn’s quick take… Raises the bar on big dumb fun, with The Rock’s social-justice-warrior badass and his genuinely charming relationship with a gorilla, plus a ton of goofball sci-fi monster action turned up to 11. I’m “biast” (pro): love The Rock and Naomie Harris

I’m “biast” (con): nothing

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto) women’s participation in this film

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Rampage raises the bar on big dumb fun. I’m not sure I ever thought that could be a thing, but it’s obvious: Just because a movie is dumb doesn’t mean it has to be stupid. It doesn’t mean it has to be insulting. Just because all those things usually go together doesn’t mean they have to.

So we have The Rock, who is a certifiable Movie Star, just always a pleasure to spend
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Rampage Review

When it was announced that a sequel to Jumanji would be made, I, still licking the wound of Robin Williams’ untimely death, thought to myself that this here was a movie I did not ask for. I kept asking “what’s the point?”Actually, I think a lot of people wondered the same thing. But what a surprise Welcome to the Jungle turned out to be.

The original Rampage arcade game came out in 1986, almost ten years before the first Jumanji movie. All I remember about it is that there were a lot of big buildings left at the mercy of overly big, and destructive animals. It turns out that was all there was to remember, and now, thirty years later, we have Rampage, another movie nobody asked for. This time, though it did have The Rock, there was no surprise.

The immediate blockade facing the pic was finding a
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Dwayne Johnson movies: 10 greatest films, ranked worst to best, include ‘Moana,’ ‘Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle’

Dwayne Johnson movies: 10 greatest films, ranked worst to best, include ‘Moana,’ ‘Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle’
The road to movie stardom for Dwayne Johnson is one of the unlikeliest in recent memory. A third-generation professional wrestler known the world over as “The Rock,” Johnson nabbed a supporting role in 2001’s “The Mummy Returns” and made such an impression that he starred in a successful stand-alone film, “The Scorpion King,” the very next year.

As his film career progressed, it became evident that, despite his success in action films, Johnson had a distinct flair for comedy, which he began to show off in such films as “Be Cool” (2005), “Central Intelligence” (2016), “Moana” (2016) and in his biggest-grossing film, “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” (2017).

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However, Johnson is fully back in action hero-mode in his 2018 movie, “Rampage,” where he plays a primatologist whose beloved albino gorilla is being used in an experiment that turns him into a raging beast
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Giant sharks and giant budgets: how the B-movie brought its A game

After Guillermo del Toro turned a creature feature into a best picture Oscar winner, films with B-movie plots, from Rampage to A Quiet Place, are also edging their way to the top

The B-movie, in the traditional sense of the term, doesn’t really exist any more. The genre was named to describe films forming the trashier, less-anticipated second half of a double feature: with those mostly gone the way of the drive-in, anything we now call a “B-movie” can only be the main attraction, a second-class A-movie, looking at the gutter from the stars. For the term persists, not just with reference to low-budget genre or exploitation cinema, but to major-league studio productions made in the same spirit of carefree scrappiness.

Related: What's the secret to The Rock's success?
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The Rock's Fast and Furious Spin-Off Confirms John Wick Director

The Rock's Fast and Furious Spin-Off Confirms John Wick Director
Universal's Fast and Furious Spin-Off starring Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham now officially has a director. We reported in February that Deadpool 2 and Atomic Blonde director David Leitch had been eyed to take the helm, and now he's been confirmed, with the official Fast & Furious Twitter channel welcoming him to the family. With production reportedly slated to begin this fall, it seems everything is coming into place for this currently untitled action thriller.

While promoting Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle last month, Dwayne Johnson teased that there will be a lot of surprises in store for fans in this spin-off. No official story details have been released at this time, but there was originally set to be a post-credit scene at the end of last year's The Fate of the Furious, which featured Dwayne Johnson's Luke Hobbs and Jason Statham's Deckard Shaw, which was intended to set up this spin-off.
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Fast and Furious Spinoff Hobbs and Shaw Gets Its Director

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The drama has been heavy with the future of the Fast & Furious franchise. And this is sure to add fuel to the fire, as the Hobbs & Shaw film has found it's director.

Tyrese has been publicly angry at The Rock for moving forward with Fast & Furious spin-off centered around his own character. The Rock has not seemed to care what Tyrese has said. We knew that a film centered around The Rock's Luke Hobbs character along with Jason Statham's Deckard Shaw was coming. And now according to the official twitter of The Fast & Furious, we have our director.

The script has been turned in and penned by Chris Morgan,who has written every script since Tokyo Drift, The film is tentatively set to have a release on July 26, 2019, before the planned Fast & Furious 9. David Leitch entered directing with Chad Stahelski, with a bang with John Wick,
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Review: Dwayne Johnson and George the Gorilla Save the Day in Rampage

As someone who has been closely following Dwayne Johnson and his media-transcending career for about two full decades now, I’ll go ahead and admit my bias up front: I adore him endlessly and can (and will) watch him in anything. The reason I’m mentioning all of this now is because going into Brad Peyton’s Rampage, I was purely into it simply to watch The People’s Champ layeth the smacketh down on some oversized monsters, and for the most part, the film delivers just that. Sure, it has a handful of script and logic issues, but overall Rampage delivers a gargantuan amount of fun and is perpetually saved by Johnson and his engaging and heartfelt relationship with his primate co-star, George (performed by Jason Liles via mo-cap), who somehow find an emotional core to an otherwise thinly plotted film.

The brunt of Rampage’s story boils down
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Film Review: There Are Just Enough Reasons to Go Ape Over ‘Rampage’

Chicago - As a whole, we have a fascination with watching destruction in front of us. It provides a catharsis from our heavily stressed lives, especially in the Trump era. It provides a necessary release of aggression, the same way video games do for people. “Rampage” scratches that itch, but only if you aren’t also looking to be intellectually stimulated or care about plot coherence.

Rating: 2.5/5.0

Let’s start with the origins of this film. I’m not talking about the studio executive pitch room where someone was thinking about what projects could use Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson. I’m talking about the video game of the same name. In the video game, you get a choice between three monsters (that were once men), and the objective is to destroy buildings, eat soldiers and occasionally save an attractive, pixelated woman from the building you’re destroying. The game didn
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Awfully Good Movies: Buddy (Video)

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Buddy (1997) Director: Caroline Thompson          Cast: Rene Russo, Robbie Coltrane, Alan Cumming After a bit of a break, Awfully Good Movies is roaring back to life in time for Dwayne Johnson.s latest sci-fi actioner Rampage, and if you thought The Rock has it bad trying to keep his pet gorilla from destroying the city, wait until you see Rene Russo have a gorilla act as her adopted son in 1997.s true life family... Read More...
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First look at wrestling comedy-drama ‘Fighting With My Family’

Written and directed by Stephen Merchant (The Office) and produced by Dwayne Johnson, who previously worked with Merchant on kids favourite The Tooth Fairy, comedy-drama Fighting with my Family is based on the real-life story of WWE Superstar, and pioneer of the current Womens Evolution, Paige and her family.

The film is inspired by the Channel 4 British documentary The Wrestlers: Fighting With My Family and tells the story of reformed gangster and former wrestler Ricky, his wife Julia, daughter Saraya and son Zak who make a living performing in tiny venues across the country. Ricky and Julia want a better life for their children and when brother and sister get the chance to audition for WWE, it seems the family dream is coming true and all their troubles will be solved. However, Saraya and Zak are about to learn that becoming a WWE Superstar demands more than they ever imagined possible as athletes and siblings.
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Fast & Furious Spinoff Officially Recruits Deadpool 2 Director

Deadpool 2 director David Leitch has officially signed on to direct the upcoming Fast & Furious spinoff starring Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham. The Rock has a big year ahead of him with both Rampage and Skyscraper dropping in 2018; not to mention, Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle is still performing well in theaters and Sony is already moving forward with Jumanji 3. Even with all this on his plate though, The Rock doesn’t appear to be slowing down at all.
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Jumanji 3 Is Officially Happening, May Kill Off Kevin Hart

Jumanji 3 Is Officially Happening, May Kill Off Kevin Hart
Jumanji 3 is officially happening. This is not at all surprising, given the success of Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle at the box office, which is still chugging along very slowly and is near the $1 billion mark. There had been reports that Sony was already developing a sequel, with the same cast and core creative team in place, but now it's a sure thing. Dwayne Johnson took to social media to announced that Jumanji 3 is being worked on. His plate is rather full of projects right now, but this one sounds like a priority.

The Rock took to Instagram to provide his fans with a little update, just as Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle officially became Sony's highest-grossing domestic release ever at the box office. The sequel to the original 1995 movie, which starred the late Robin Williams, has just passed Sam Raimi's first Spider-Man, with a domestic total of $403.7 million.
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Rampage Review: The Rock’s Monster Mash is Big Dumb Fun

Dwayne Johnson’s Rampage manages to be both one of the more enjoyable and one of the dumber video game movies in recent memory. Johnson himself is no stranger to the world of video game adaptations, having starred in the infamous 2005 big screen version of Doom; a film that even The Rock has admitted fell victim to the infamous video game movie “curse”. It wouldn’t have been difficult for Rampage to fall into the same boat either, seeing as it’s based on a property that started out as a Bally Midway arcade title in the 1980s, and was itself a very straightforward riff on hokey B-movies about monsters with bad temperaments.
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Dwayne Johnson movies: 10 greatest films ranked from worst to best

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Dwayne Johnson movies: 10 greatest films ranked from worst to best
The road to movie stardom for Dwayne Johnson is one of the unlikeliest in recent memory. A third-generation professional wrestler known the world over as “The Rock,” Johnson nabbed a supporting role in 2001’s “The Mummy Returns” and made such an impression that he starred in a successful stand-alone film, “The Scorpion King,” the very next year.

As his film career progressed, it became evident that, despite his success in action films, Johnson had a distinct flair for comedy, which he began to show off in such films as “Be Cool” (2005), “Central Intelligence” (2016), “Moana” (2016) and in his biggest-grossing film, “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” (2017).

However, Johnson is fully back in action hero-mode in his 2018 movie, “Rampage,” where he plays a primatologist whose beloved albino gorilla is being used in an experiment that turns him into a raging beast that threatens to destroy everything around him.

Let’s tour our photo
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Movie Review – Rampage (2018)

Rampage, 2018.

Directed by Brad Peyton.

Starring Dwayne Johnson, Naomie Harris, Malin Akerman, Jake Lacy, Joe Manganiello, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, P.J. Byrne, Marley Shelton, Breanne Hill, Jack Quaid, Matt Gerald, Jason Liles, Demetrius Grosse, and Will Yun Lee.

Synopsis:

Primatologist Davis Okoye shares an unshakable bond with George, the extraordinarily intelligent gorilla who has been in his care since birth. But a rogue genetic experiment gone awry transforms this gentle ape into a raging monster. As these newly created monsters tear across North America, destroying everything in their path, Okoye teams with a discredited genetic engineer to secure an antidote, fighting his way through an ever-changing battlefield, not only to halt a global catastrophe but to save the fearsome creature that was once his friend.

There is an important distinction worth noticing in the ending credits of Rampage, and it reads “inspired by the video game” rather than outright basing it off of the source material.
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