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'Rampage' Tops Weekend Box Office, but 'A Quiet Place' is Making the Most Noise

'Rampage' Tops Weekend Box Office, but 'A Quiet Place' is Making the Most Noise
It was nearly an upset at the weekend box office, but Warner Bros. and New Line's Rampage was able to hold off a strong second weekend from Paramount's hit horror/thriller A Quiet Place to take the weekend's #1 spot. But that doesn't discount the fact A Quiet Place is less than $400k shy of topping $100 million domestically after just ten days in release. Additionally, Blumhouse's Truth or Dare delivered a solid, third place debut. With an estimated $34.5 million, Warner Bros. and New Line's Rampage delivered a first place finish from 4,101 theaters. Looking at some of the comps we used heading into the weekend, this is a bit ahead of the $31.7 million opening for Tom Cruise's The Mummy last year, which went on to gross just over $80 million and an improvement over Dwayne Johnson's Hercules, which opened with $29.8 million in 2014 and grossed just over $72 million domestically. Looking ahead,
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‘Truth Or Dare’ Is Woefully Boring And A Misstep For Blumhouse Productions [Review]

Having practically cornered the market on mid-range-costing horror and finding terrific success last year with “Get Out” and sleeper hit “Happy Death Day,” horror titan Blumhouse Productions has appeared unstoppable. This week, however, their strong average takes a major hit with the unscary and unfunny, “Truth Or Dare,” a Blumhouse addition that’s so boring it may induce bouts of narcolepsy.
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‘Rampage’ Smashes Its Way to $2.4 Million at Thursday Previews

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Warner Bros./New Line’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.

Also Read: 'Rampage' Star Dwayne Johnson and Dany Garcia Share Their Trailblazing Plan for Hollywood Dominance (Exclusive)

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 (“San Andreas”) and also stars Naomie Harris, Malin Akerman, Joe Manganiello, and Jeffrey Dean Morgan.

Also Read: 'Truth or Dare' Film Review: Blumhouse College Horror Doesn't Make the Grade

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 (“Kick-Ass 2”) directed the film from a script by Michael Reisz, with Jason Blum producing.

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Truth or Dare’s Curse and Ending Explained

For Truth or Dare, we explore the origin of the cursed game, how the players attempt to break the curse, and what the ending means for a potential sequel. Blumhouse has found a great deal of success in recent years with different takes on the horror genre. In 2017, M. Night Shyamalan returned with Split, Jordan Peele released the now-Academy Award-winning Get Out, and Happy Death Day put a deadly spin on the Groundhog Day concept – just to name a few of Blumhouse’s releases.
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Truth or Dare Review: Blumhouse Loses This Game

Truth or Dare is the latest film from Blumhouse, a production company that’s become renowned in recent years for their stable of micro-budgeted, highly-profitable horror movies. The studio is coming off a banner year in 2017 that saw a number of hits, including Split, Happy Death Day, and the Oscar-winning Get Out. With the genre as a whole experiencing quite a resurgence in regards to its critical standing and commercial clout, there was hope that this latest outing could continue that hot streak and be another memorable offering. Sadly, that isn’t the case. Truth or Dare makes the least of its parts, wasting a promising premise with clichéd horror tropes and an uninspired narrative.
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Win movie merchandise with Truth or Dare

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To mark the release of Truth or Dare on 13th April, we’ve been given 5 merchandise packs including a hoodie, a mug, a T-Shirt and a phone cover to give away.

Lucy Hale (Pretty Little Liars) and Tyler Posey (Teen Wolf) lead the cast of Truth or Dare, a supernatural thriller from Blumhouse Productions. A harmless game of “Truth or Dare” among friends turns deadly when someone—or something—begins to punish those who tell a lie—or refuse the dare.

Directed by Jeff Wadlow (Kick-Ass 2), the thriller co-stars Violett Beane, Hayden Szeto, Landon Liboiron, Sophia Taylor Ali and Nolan Gerard Funk. The film was produced by Blumhouse’s Jason Blum and executive produced by Wadlow, Chris Roach, Jeanette Volturno and Couper Samuelson.

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‘A Quiet Place’ Scores Rare Theatrical Release in China

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‘A Quiet Place’ Scores Rare Theatrical Release in China
John Krasinski’s box office hit “A Quiet Place” is now set to make its way into the Middle Kingdom.

The horror film, which garnered more than $50 million in its domestic theatrical opening, is scheduled to be released in mainland China theaters on May 18, an individual familiar with the release plan told TheWrap.

The film has pulled in roughly $26 million at the international box office, according to Box Office Mojo, and is now set to be only the second American horror film given a Chinese release.

Also Read: 'A Quiet Place': John Krasinski Says Cast Learned Sign Language for Silent Thriller (Exclusive Video)

A Quiet Place” takes place in silence for 95 percent of its runtime — a has a concept that has seemed to click with audiences, at least domestically.

TheWrap’s Jeremy Fuster wrote: “It’s a concept that quickly grabs audience attention and makes for striking trailers that can freak anyone out. But that concept is coupled with protagonists who come up with brilliant ways to survive in a world of silence and who embody a theme that can resonate beyond the hardcore horror crowd: the desire to protect one’s family.”

Written by, directed by and starring Krasinski, “A Quiet Place” isn’t traditionally one that would be likely to score a Chinese release. “Happy Death Day,” the horror-comedy from Blumhouse was the most recent film in the genre to get a release in the country.

Also Read: 'A Quiet Place' Film Review: Make Some Noise for John Krasinski's Nerve-Racking Horror Tale

That film grossed roughly $10 million in China, according to Box Office Mojo. Along with China, it has yet to open in Russia, Korea, Germany, France or Spain.

Studios have begun to lean more heavily on international box office success as domestic attendance and revenue remain stagnant. China has been one of the biggest markets for Hollywood.

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‘Truth or Dare’ Review: ‘It Follows’ Meets ‘Saw’ With Mixed Results in Gruesome Blumhouse Project

‘Truth or Dare’ Review: ‘It Follows’ Meets ‘Saw’ With Mixed Results in Gruesome Blumhouse Project
That timeless game of adolescence, Truth or Dare, may sound silly in an adult context — but what if refusing to spill your darkest secrets had lethal consequences? With that outrageous moral dilemma at its center, “Truth or Dare” takes audience on a wild, gruesome ride. The bloody Blumhouse production is clearly designed to build on 2017’s surprise horror hit “Happy Death Day,” and while it doesn’t quite hit the same stride, “Truth or Dare” is still a crowdpleaser that has just enough tension, jump-scares, and twisted deaths to please horror lovers eager for some thrills.

Spring break is made for mistakes, but Olivia (Lucy Hale) doesn’t plan to spend her time getting wasted and hooking up with strangers in a foreign country. Instead, she intends to help build a house for Habitat for Humanity. But Olivia’s group of friends, led by her bestie Markie (Violett Beane), aren
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Truth or Dare review – silly, spirited horror plays a fast-paced game

The production company behind Get Out and Happy Death Day has another hit on its hands with this Final Destination-lite shocker

Given the current obsession with reboots, revisits and rehashes, it’s strange that the Final Destination franchise hasn’t cheated death and been dragged back to life after five films and $665m in the bank. It’s even stranger given that its legacy has been haunting lesser pretenders in the past year from the incompetent shlock of Wish Upon to the snappy, if throwaway, slashery of Happy Death Day. Blumhouse, the phenomenally successful company behind the latter (last year also saw them turn Get Out and Split into global smashes) is now hoping to milk yet more money from the death-heavy formula with Truth or Dare, a slick college-set horror.

Related: Trapped in the Sunken Place: how Get Out’s purgatory engulfed pop culture
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‘Rampage’ Stomps Into Theaters in Need of Big Overseas Launch

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After a weekend defined by genre pieces, the new release list has returned to CGI-heavy blockbusters looking for big bucks in Asia. Warner Bros., which is still hauling in studio record returns from China with “Ready Player One,” will now send in New Line’s “Rampage,” the next film from Dwayne Johnson after “Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle” grossed $950 million worldwide this winter.

At a time when fewer and fewer actors and directors are drawing in moviegoers while the emphasis gets put on franchises and brands, Johnson has defiantly stood against the trend. Even when he’s had a few disappointments like “Baywatch,” he’s rebounded quickly with films like “Jumanji,” which became Sony’s highest grossing film in studio history outside of the “Spider-Man” franchise.

Also Read: Dwayne Johnson Lays the Smack Down in 'Fighting With My Family' First Look (Video)

But even with The Rock, “Rampage” is going to need help from overseas as it is expected to gross $35-40 million domestically this weekend against a reported $115 million budget. 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 who destroy the city. In other words, this is a kaiju film, a genre that is popular in Asia. It’s especially popular in Japan, where the film has some rather boisterous marketing.

But to achieve that success, “Rampage” will have to do better than “Pacific Rim: Uprising,” another kaiju film that was released nearly three weekends ago to a global opening of $150 million, but after which has seen a sharp drop in receipts. Currently holding a global total of $262 million, it’s becoming more and more likely that the sequel to Guillermo Del Toro’s film will wind up in the red.

Also Read: 'Truth or Dare' Trailer: Watch Lucy Hale and Tyler Posey Play Deadly Game (Video)

On the other hand, a more successful result for “Rampage” would be if it could reach $400 million overseas, something the studio came just a couple million close to reaching last year with their previous giant ape film, “Kong: Skull Island.” That film made $168 million in China, $398 million total overseas, and $566.6 million worldwide. “Kong: Skull Island” had a domestic opening of $61 million, so “Rampage” won’t likely reach that global mark. But if Asia responds to “Rampage” the way it did to Kong, it could find profit.

Based on the classic 80s video game, “Rampage” is directed by Brad Peyton (“San Andreas”) and also stars Naomie Harris, Malin ?…kerman, Joe Manganiello, and Jeffrey Dean Morgan. New Line Cinema produced the film.

The other new release this week is “Truth Or Dare,” the latest film from Universal and Blumhouse. The film is expected to open to $12-15 million, meaning it will most likely fall on the charts below last weekend’s big horror hit, “A Quiet Place.”

Also Read: 5 Reasons 'A Quiet Place' Became Horror's Latest Box Office Sensation

Still, “Truth Or Dare” has two big things going for it. First, Blumhouse has built a very strong audience of young, female moviegoers, which helped boost the numbers of several of their past horror titles like “Split” and “Happy Death Day.”

The other big advantage is Blumhouse’s now-industry-famous microbudget approach to filmmaking, never spending more than $5 million on a film unless its a sequel to a proven franchise launcher. With a production budget of $3.5 million, “Truth Or Dare” won’t need to make much to get into the black.

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 (“Kick-Ass 2”) directed the film from a script by Michael Reisz, with Jason Blum producing.

Finally, Fox Searchlight will expand Wes Anderson’s “Isle of Dogs” to 1930 screens nationwide after three weekends in limited release. Last weekend, the film made $4.6 million from 554 screens bringing its total to $12.3 million. Searchlight projects the film will make an additional $5 million this weekend, bringing it closer to the $20 million mark.

Read original story ‘Rampage’ Stomps Into Theaters in Need of Big Overseas Launch At TheWrap
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Horror Highlights: Twilight Hotel, Truth Or Dare Contest, What The Waters Left Behind, Disembodied Blu-ray

Topping today's Horror Highlights is news that Square Biz Entertainment will launch a new Kickstarter campaign for the comic book series Twilight Hotel. We also have a contest for Blumhouse's new movie Truth or Dare, a trailer and teaser posters for What the Waters Left Behind, and Blu-ray release details for Disembodied.

Twilight Hotel Four Issue Comic Book Series Kickstarter Campaign: Press Release: "Los Angeles, California – April 1, 2018. “Twilight Hotel”, is a 4-issue horror comic book series, from the production team of Ra X, and Darrell Smith the creators of the award-winning and critically acclaimed indie horror film, “Rage”.

Twilight Hotel is the first offering from their new company Square Biz Entertainment, a publishing and movie production company specializing in horror genre product. Twilight Hotel is the story of a 100-year-old West Florida hotel that has a very sinister secret. Built on land that was once the home of the
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HollywoodChicago.com Hookup: 50 Pairs of Passes to ‘Blumhouse’s Truth or Dare’ From ‘Get Out’ Producer

Chicago – In the latest HollywoodChicago.com Hookup: Film, we have 50 pairs of advance-screening movie passes up for grabs to the new horror film “Blumhouse’s Truth or Dare” from the producer of “Get Out”!

“Blumhouse’s Truth or Dare,” which opens on April 13, 2018 and is rated “PG-13,” stars Lucy Hale, Tyler Posey and Violett Beane from director Jeff Wadlow, writers Jillian Jacobs and Michael Reisz and producer Jason Blum.

To win your free passes to “Blumhouse’s Truth or Dare” courtesy of HollywoodChicago.com, just get interactive with our social media widget below. That’s it! This screening is on Tuesday, April 10, 2018 at 7 p.m. in downtown Chicago. The more social actions you complete, the more points you score and the higher yours odds of winning! Completing these social actions only increases your odds of winning; this doesn’t intensify your competition!

Deadline: Entries can continue being submitted through Monday,
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Blumhouse Sci-Fi Thriller Upgrade Gets A Red Band Trailer

Upgrade, the latest genre exercise from Blumhouse Productions delivers an exceptionally gory red band trailer in advance of its theatrical release in early June. The production company has been on quite a role lately with hits like Split, Happy Death Day, and the Academy Award-winning Get Out all being released in 2017. Though there isn’t another release from Jordan Peele on the docket for this year, the sci-fi revenge thriller Upgrade might just be a sleeper hit during the busy summer movie season.
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Damon Lindelof, Jason Blum Developing Thriller ‘The Hunt’ at Universal

Universal Pictures has won an auction for the action-thriller “The Hunt,” a spec script written by “Lost” and “The Leftovers” co-creator Damon Lindelof and Nick Cuse.

Craig Zobel (“Z for Zachariah”) has been set to direct. Lindelof, Cuse, and Zobel all previously collaborated on HBO’s “The Leftovers.”

Nick Cuse is the son of Carlton Cuse, who teamed with Lindelof on “Lost.” Nick Cuse began as a writer’s assistant on “The Leftovers” and later became a story editor and writer. Zobel directed several episodes of the show.

Universal is keeping the plot details under wraps. Universal-based Jason Blum will produce for his Blumhouse Productions alongside Lindelof for his White Rabbit shingle. Cuse and Zobel will executive produce. Blumhouse and Universal saw an impressive 2017 with “Split,” “Get Out,” and “Happy Death Day.” Their latest collaboration, “Truth Or Dare,” debuts April 13.

Lindelof’s feature writing credits include Brad Pitt’s “World War Z” and “Prometheus.
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Netflix Acquires Rights to Adaptation of Ya Novel ‘To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before’ (Exclusive)

Netflix has acquired global rights to Awesomeness Films and Overbrook Entertainment’s “To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before.”

Based on the best-selling novel by Jenny Han, the film stars “Alita: Battle Angel” actress Lana Condor and “The Fosters” actor Noah Centineo. The pic also stars Janel Parrish (“Pretty Little Liars”), Israel Broussard (“Happy Death Day”), Andrew Bachelor (“The Babysitter”), Anna Cathcart (“The Descendants”), and John Corbett.

Susan Johnson helmed the film with Matt Kaplan, Dougie Cash, and Jordan Levin producing. Brett Bouttier, Robyn Marshall, and Han are exec producing.

The story follows Lara Jean Song Covey, whose love life goes from imaginary to out of control when the love letters for every boy she’s ever loved — five in all — are mysteriously mailed out. The film is based on the book of the same name and is the first of the “To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before” trilogy by Han.
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Happy Death Day 2 May Start Filming Soon

News about a sequel to the hugely popular Blumhouse film Happy Death Day has been anticipated for some time, and recent industry listings have pointed to production possibly starting on Happy Death Day 2 within the next two months. Whilst there was plenty of focus on Get Out and Split during 2017, the witty horror film racked up plenty of positive reviews when it was released last October, and this could mark the beginning of another franchise for the production company.
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Listen to the Corpse Club Discuss Birthday Horror Movie Marathons on a New Episode of Daily Dead’s Podcast

For movie lovers, watching a lineup of your favorite films and living in those cinematic worlds for a full day can be the perfect gift. On a new Horrigins episode of Corpse Club, Heather and Patrick unwrap their ideal movie lineups to enjoy with birthday cake, candles, and plenty of presents.

If your ideal birthday celebration is to relax with loved ones in the warm glow of your favorite films, then you've come to the right place! On a special Horrigins episode of Corpse Club, co-hosts Patrick Bromley and Heather Wixson program 24-hour movie lineups that would make the perfect gifts or their respective birthdays, including plenty of slasher films for Heather (April Fool's Day, The Strangers, Happy Death Day) and underrated movies by Patrick's favorite directors (Critters 2: The Main Course, Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers, In the Mouth of Madness). So, grab a slice of cake
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China box office: 'Secret Superstar' top again, surpasses 'Your Name'

It was a flat week at the box office, with New Year blockbusters waiting in the wings.

It was a flat week (Feb 5-11) right before Chinese New Year as generally expected. Most of the charts looked quite similar to the week before, with only two small releases added. Chinese New Year blockbusters will make up for the loss next week.

Without any strong contenders, Bollywood musical Secret Superstar scored a hat trick, topping the box office for three straight weeks.

Aamir Khan’s latest hit about a young girl who aspires to become a famous singer added $18.7 for $114.7m after 24 days. It has now surpassed Japanese animation Your Name to become the second highest grossing non-Hollywood foreign film ever, only after Dangal.

Local romance drama Till The End Of The World, with Yang Zishan and Mark Chao, climbed one spot to second place with $16.4m for $30m after 11 days, pushing Maze Runner: The Death Cure to the
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China Box Office: Aamir Khan’s ‘Superstar’ Tops $100 Million in Quiet Weekend

China Box Office: Aamir Khan’s ‘Superstar’ Tops $100 Million in Quiet Weekend
The Chinese box office suffered its quietest weekend in more than a year. With only one new release to enter the chart, Indian drama “Secret Superstar” once again emerged on top.

The pre-Chinese New Year lull was weaker even than last week’s sluggishness. The combined score for the top 10 films was a lowly $33.7 million. The last time the aggregate was that weak was in September 2016, when there were many fewer theaters in China than today.

Distributors and theater owners, however, can expect vastly different results from the upcoming weekend, when a host of broad family entertainment, popular names and Chinese-made franchise titles will compete fiercely for eyeballs – and perhaps cannibalize each other.

The market stasis allowed “Superstar” to hold on to its unlikely victory. It clocked up $8.61 million for a cumulative of $109 million after 24 days on release, according to data from Ent Group. Of its four weekends in Chinese theaters, the [link=nm
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Netflix snaps up sci-fi thriller Extinction starring Lizzy Caplan and Michael Pena

After dropping The Cloverfield Paradox onto the streaming service this past weekend, Netflix has now snapped up the worldwide distribution rights to another sci-fi thriller which had previously been set for a theatrical release.

Extinction stars Michael Pena (Ant-Man) and Lizzy Caplan (Allied) as a married couple, where the husband has a recurring nightmare of losing his family. That nightmare becomes a reality when the planet is invaded by a force bent on destruction, and fighting for their lives, he comes to realize an unknown strength to keep his family safe from harm.

Directed by Ben Young (Hounds of Love), Extinction had previously been at Universal Pictures, where it was due to open this past January before being pulled from the studio’s slate. Also featuring in the cast are Mike Colter (Luke Cage), Lilly Aspell (Wonder Woman), Emma Booth (Hounds of Love), Israel Brossard (Happy Death Day) and Lex Shrapnel
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