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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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Alicia Vikander to Voice ‘Arden’s Wake: Tide’s Fall,’ the Vr Follow-Up to a Venice Film Festival Winner

Alicia Vikander to Voice ‘Arden’s Wake: Tide’s Fall,’ the Vr Follow-Up to a Venice Film Festival Winner
As Lara Croft in “Tomb Raider,” Alicia Vikander just carried out a search for her sea-snatched father. The Oscar winner (“The Danish Girl”) will do the same in her next project, “Arden’s Wake: Tide’s Fall.” The 30-minute Vr experience from San Francisco-based Penrose Studios premieres Friday at the Tribeca Film Festival.

Besides voicing the protagonist — a young girl in the post-apocalyptic future — Vikander executive produced the piece. “Meena’s character has a special spark, and I was immediately drawn to her when I experienced her in Vr,” said Vikander in a statement. “The movie daringly brings up difficult situations while also allowing viewers to get quite close to the characters in such an immersive and emotional experience.”

“Arden’s Wake: Tide’s Fall” was proceeded by “Arden’s Wake: The Prologue,” a Tribeca 2017 debut. According to The Verge, said 15-minute exercise established that Meena and her father live
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Hands on with Underworld Ascendant in the Stygian Abyss

Emma Withington gets hands on with Underworld Ascendant…

Upon entering the ‘Stygian Abyss’ I had picked up some suspect fish, a cheese wheel, and smashed some plates like a good ‘un. You could be mistaken for thinking that I’m describing a playthrough of Skyrim, but Underworld Ascendant‘s debut predecessor – 1992’s Ultima Underworld – is the innovator that gave birth to the RPG monster we’re so fond of today. From the entire Elder Scrolls series to Fallout, BioShock, Dishonoured, Dark Souls, and an absolute sink-hole full more. Can gaming’s Frankenstein bring the classic dungeon crawler forward in time and stand tall among the legions of its present-day brethren?

Published by 505 Games and developed by OtherSide Entertainment, Underworld Ascendant boasts a team whose collective works include: BioShock Infinite, Thief, The Last of Us, and System Shock – not forgetting Og Ultima Underworld creators, Paul Neurath and Warren Spector. Not too shabby,
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Is Dwayne Johnson Hollywood’s Most Bankable Star?

Is Dwayne Johnson Hollywood’s Most Bankable Star?
With less than stellar reviews on top of an already cursed genre, it’s a wonder “Rampage” wasn’t a total flop at the box office.

Well, it’s not a total wonder. After back and forth projections showed “Rampage” wrestling with “A Quiet Place” to see who would come out on top at the box office last weekend, there is one main reason the video game adaptation secured the crown: Dwayne Johnson.

“It’s good old star power at work here,” box office analyst Jeff Bock said. “There’s not that many people in this day and age who can pull this off.”

Did Johnson break the video game adaptation curse? Probably not. Did his sheer star power push “Rampage” to the No. 1 spot at the worldwide box office? It seems likely.

Rampage” bowed with $34.5 million in North America, along with an impressive $114 million overseas for a global total of $148.6 million.
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China box office: 'Rampage' tops chart with $58m opening

Ready Player One slips to number 2, with a total of $201m.

After a strong week with a three-day Qing Ming holidays, the volatile Chinese box office shrunk significantly by about 32% week-on-week in the period of Apr 9-15, making it one of the quietest weeks in 2018.

Warner Bros’ action adventure Rampage easily charged to the top of the charts with $58.1m from its three-day opening weekend. This represented about 60% more than its simultaneous release in North America, following in the footsteps of recent Us films such as Ready Player One, Pacific Rim: Uprising and Tomb Raider to have China as their biggest market.
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Top 10 Movies Inspired by Games

Hollywood’s fascination with the gaming industry is pervasive. One only has to consider the top 10 movies inspired by games to understand just how much of an influence games have on our cultural zeitgeist. Consider the following movies that drew their inspiration from top-tier games:

Assassins Creed Released on December 21, 2016

Assassins Creed stars Hollywood heavyweights Michael Fassbender, Jeremy Irons, Brendan Gleeson, and Marion Cotillard. The film garnered a 5.8/10 rating from 150,316 reviewers on IMDb. It had an estimated budget of $125 million and grossed $240,697,856 worldwide. The game takes place in Spain in 1492 with the Knights of the Templar Order are searching for the Apple of Eden. The action fast forwards to the 20th century, and that’s where Hollywood takes over in none other than Texas. Enter Callum Lynch who escapes death by lethal injection and is called upon to destroy the Templar organization. Gripping stuff!

Warcraft – Released on June 10, 2016

Warcraft: The
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China Box Office: 'Rampage' Makes Muscular $55M Debut

China Box Office: 'Rampage' Makes Muscular $55M Debut
Dwayne Johnson's action-adventure Rampage made a strong start in China over the weekend, chalking up a hearty $55 million.

The film opened on some 21,500 screens, claiming nearly 70 percent of the full weekend box office. The sizable first-frame haul is 9 percent ahead of the China debut of Johnson's San Andreas, 34 percent more than his Jumanji and 32 percent better than fellow video-game adaptation Tomb Raider.

The muscular showing in the Middle Kingdom should help New Line and Warner Bros. offset the title's somewhat soft $34.5 million opening in North America, where it narrowly beat Paramount's high-concept...
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'Rampage' takes over the world with $151.5m launch (update)

Ready Player One nears $500m worldwide; A Quiet Place crosses $150m worldwide.

April 16 Update: Warner Bros’ action adventure Rampage starring Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson stormed to the top of the global charts on $151.5m, comprising $115.7m from 61 international markets and a $35.8m North American number one debut.

Warner Bros Pictures International

Rampage debuted top in most of its markets, arriving in China on $55.2m and roughly 70% market share for Warner Bros’ third highest opening weekend, on top of Warner Bros’ third highest opening day in the market on $15.6m last Thursday.

The UK generated $5.8m to claim 35% share of the top five films,
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'Rampage' takes over the world with $148.6m launch

Ready Player One nears $500m worldwide; A Quiet Place crosses $150m worldwide.

Warner Bros’ action adventure Rampage starring Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson stormed to the top of the global charts on $148.6m, comprising $114.1m from international and a $34.5m North American number one debut.

Warner Bros Pictures International

Rampage debuted top in most of its markets, arriving in China on $55m and roughly 70% market share following Warner Bros’ third highest opening day in the market on $15.6m last Thursday.

The UK generated $5.7m to claim around 40% share of the top five films, while South Korea delivered $5.7m and 45% share, Mexico $4.8m and 56% share,
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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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Xbox Boss Promises More First-Party Games From Microsoft

Microsoft promises that it will shift focus towards first-party games as the Xbox One tries to play catch up to its competitors: PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch.

While consoles can make money sharing big titles like Fallout, Grand Theft Auto, and Tomb Raider, the lifeblood of any gaming company relies heavily on its first-party titles. Sadly, while the Xbox brand certainly has Forza, Halo, and State of Decay in its catalog, the lack of substantial releases as well as content in recent games such as <a href="https://screenrant.
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Weekly Update for April 13: Women Centric, Directed, and Written Films Playing Near You

Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami”Films About Women Opening This Week

Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami (Documentary) — Directed by Sophie Fiennes (Opens in NY; Opens in La April 20)

“Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami” re-invents the music film as an electrifying journey through the performance, private, and public worlds of pop cultural icon Grace Jones, whose bold aesthetic echoes throughout the film. Larger than life, wild, scary, and androgynous — Grace Jones plays all these parts. Yet here we also discover her as a lover, daughter, mother, sister, and even grandmother, as she submits herself to our gaze, and allows us to understand what constitutes her mask. (Press materials)

Read Women and Hollywood’s interview with Sophie Fiennes.

Nana (Documentary) — Co-Written and Directed by Serena Dykman (Opens in NY)

“Nana” documents director Serena Dykman’s journey with her mother, Alice, as they retrace her grandmother’s Auschwitz survival story. Born in Poland,
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Dwayne Johnson’s ‘Rampage’ Opens With $15.7 Million in China on First Day

Dwayne Johnson’s ‘Rampage’ Opens With $15.7 Million in China on First Day
Updated: Dwayne Johnson’s “Rampage” stormed the Chinese box office with $15.7 million on its first day with a nearly 70% share of the top five films.

The Friday number for “Rampage,” which played on a massive 20,000 screens, is the third-highest launch for a Warner Bros. title. It surpassed the opening day numbers for “Ready Player One” by 11%, for “Tomb Raider” by 14% and for “Jumanji” by 28%.

Rampage” opened on Thursday with $9.1 million in 41 other international markets at approximately 17,250 screens.

The U.K. led the way with $1.3 million on Thursday at approximately 866 screens. Excluding previews, the sci-fi actioner surpassed the opening day grosses for “Kong: Skull Island” by 30%.

In Malaysia, “Rampage” took a 78% share of the top five films with $877,000 from 566 screens, topping “San Andreas” by 44%. The film produced the second-biggest opening day of 2018 in the UAE and dominated with a 75% share of the top five with $665,000 from 168 screens.

“Rampage” generated the biggest
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'Rampage' storms to $73.5m from international arena (update)

Action adventure scores Warner Bros’ third highest opening day in China, second highest in Vietnam.

April 14 Update: Rampage has smashed its way to an estimated $73.5m internationally, powered by $36.8m from China after two days.

The Dwayne Johnson action tentpole delivered Warner Bros Pictures International’s third highest opening day in China on $15.6m for close to 70% box office share, adding $21.2m on Friday.

Remaining territories accounted for $36.7m by Saturday. The UK stands at $2.8m after two days, and UAE, South Korea and Malaysia each on $1.5m.

Rampage opened top in Mexico on Friday on $992,000, while it arrived as
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'Rampage' storms to $15.7m China opening day

Action adventure in action around the world through Warner Bros Pictures International.

Rampage stormed to a $15.7m opening day in China including Thursday previews as Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson returned to what continues to be a rewarding territory for the A-lister.

Overall the action adventure has grossed $25.4m including debuts in a further 40 markets in its first two days through Warner Bros Pictures International.

The tentpole arrived in the UK on $1.3m including Wednesday previews and currently ranks second, while a number one result in Malaysia has delivered $877,000 including previews.

The UAE generated $665,000 for number one and the second highest opening day of the year-to-date.
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Announced Video Game Movies We’re Still Waiting On

Video game movies are all the rage right now, but while we’re enjoying the likes of Tomb Raider and Rampage, there’s a host of announced gaming-based projects we’re still waiting for. Today we’re going to look at the ones we’d most like to see.

Despite Hollywood’s incessant efforts, video game movies just haven’t been able to win big at the box office.
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'Black Panther' Dominates Lackluster March at the Box Office

'Black Panther' Dominates Lackluster March at the Box Office
Following a record-breaking February, which saw the February domestic box office top $1 billion for the first time ever, March saw a -24% decline compared to 2017 with calendar grosses totaling $891 million. One thing didn't change in March, however, and that was the #1 film as Black Panther not only dominated the month of February, but was also responsible for nearly 25% of March's overall gross. In fact, thanks to Black Panther, even though March was such a down month, the first quarter of the year finished down just -2% compared to 2017's record $2.91 billion, with Black Panther accounting for almost 23% of the quarter's overall $2.85 billion in grosses. It's the second largest percentage behind March of 1998 when Titanic accounted for over 25% of the month's overall gross. Therefore, it comes as no surprise Disney led the month with five films grossing over $304 million collectively, with Black Panther accounting for 72% of the studio's March gross. The
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Rampage movie review: Go-jeer-a

Good news, filmmakers. One of you can still be the one to make the first great video game movie! I know I keep saying that, but I’m daring filmmakers to actually make me stop by making a truly great film based on a video game. Rampage was a simple arcade game. Up to three players at a time could control a giant monster climbing buildings, eating people and destroying the city like an old monster movie. Like many games that captured the experience of a movie, adapting it back into a movie just […]

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Film Review: ‘Rampage’

Based on the same mid-’80s Bally Midway arcade game that unofficially inspired Disney’s “Wreck-It Ralph,” Brad Peyton’s “Rampage” doesn’t seem to understand its own appeal. Reuniting disaster-resistant star Dwayne Johnson with his “San Andreas” director, this brainless big-screen monster-smash movie assumes that audiences want to see the Rock stop three enormous mutant creatures from destroying American metropolises, when in fact, it’s the gleeful prospect of witnessing just that kind of spectacular CG devastation that gave the game its name — and presumably got the movie made.

Flipping the script on decades of nuclear-monster movies, the original “Rampage” invites you to play as one of the three havoc-wreaking monstrosities — a giant ape, a Godzilla-like lizard, or an overgrown werewolf. In the game, the goal is to reduce as many buildings to rubble as possible, whereas this impressive-looking but relatively less amusing big-screen adaptation gets it backward,
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