’s “Rampage” stomped its way into movie theaters on Thursday night, making $2.4 million from preview screenings.
That amount is nearly double the $1.25 million made in previews by one of Dwayne Johnson
’s 2017 releases, “Baywatch
,” which opened to $18 million and became a rare domestic disappointment for the blockbuster star.
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It’s also above the $2 million made in preview screenings by “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle
,” though “Rampage
” does not have the positive critical reviews that sequel had with a mixed Rotten Tomatoes
score of 55 percent. It remains to be seen whether “Rampage
” can resonate with Johnson’s audience enough to push the needle beyond the $35-40 million it is expected to make domestically this weekend.
The film stars Johnson as a biologist who must calm his companion albino gorilla when a strange contagion turns it, a wolf, and a crocodile into giant beasts that destroy Chicago. Based on the classic ’80s video game, “Rampage
” is directed by Brad Peyton
”) and also stars Naomie Harris
, Malin Akerman
, Joe Manganiello
, and Jeffrey Dean Morgan
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Also releasing this weekend is Universal/Blumhouse’s “Truth Or Dare,” which made $750,000 in previews at 2,400 locations. That’s below the $1 million made by Blumhouse’s “Happy Death Day
,” which came out last October and opened to $26 million. “Truth Or Dare
” is expected to open to half that amount, with a Rotten Tomatoes score of 18 percent and a production budget of $3.5 million.
“Truth Or Dare
” stars Lucy Hale
as a teenager who, along with her friends, is haunted by a malevolent spirit who forces them to play the titular game with deadly consequences. Jeff Wadlow
”) directed the film from a script by Michael Reisz
, with Jason Blum
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