Rampage had another strong weekend outing while it finished a close second to surprise hit A Quiet Place it beat to new films. Rampage ($21 million) was only a million behind A Quiet Place and beat both Super Troopers 2 ($14.7 million), and I Feel Pretty ($16.2 million) both in their first weekend.
Rampage's drop of 41% from it's first week was better than many thought, it's US take is at $66.6 million, with it's international total at $216.4 million, for a total of $283 million. While this is positive news for Rampage it's not such good news for Pacific Rim: Uprising, the other recently released monster film.
Rampage has already overtaken PRU even though it open two weeks after it. In the US Rampage is ahead by $8 million, and even though PRU has a $7 million advantage internationally Rampage is ahead by $1 million overall. What also does't help PRU is they had a home field advantage, so to speak, with China (the owners of Legendary Pictures are based there) and after a strong start the box office there has collapsed for the film and it looks like if will fall far short of the first film despite that stronger start.
Critics ratings of the two films weren't far apart but fan ratings were much better for Rampage, which probably has help Rampage to stay strong at the box office (82% for Rampage vs. 47% for PRU via RT).
Other issue is profit, PRU budget was $150 million while Rampage was only $120 million, even if they finished around the same total take Rampage would have the better bottom line. Legendary/Universal did more promoting of PRU too (via social media, and more merchandise tie-ins) but those didn't seem to help. The possible sequel looks very unlikely at this point for PRU.
Update 4/24: Actuals have come in and PRU has edged up a little worldwide, slightly ahead of Rampage. Most of the rest posted stayed the same.
Rampage opened at number one at the box office although it wasn't easy because of the surprise hit A Quiet Place. A Quiet Place surprised everyone last week with it's $50 million domestic opening weekend so it wasn't clear if Rampage would be able to beat it. Rampage opened with $34.5 million in the US about $2 million ahead of A Quiet Place,
Rampage also did well overseas with over $114 million. Rampage beat the other recent giant monster film Pacific Rim Uprising in the US by approx $6 million, although PRU gained it back and more overseas where it beat Rampage $122 million to $114 million (approx.). The two films finished very close for their first weekends (150.5 PRU to 148.5 Rampage worldwide) the big question will be can Rampage hold on to more of it audience than PRU did, Avengers Infinity War hits in less than two weeks so it will need to.
Comparing the two films it does look like Rampage had the stronger competition but that could be argued, but Rampage has gone over better with audiences (81% to PRU 49% approval via Rotten Tomatoes) which can help it. We felt both films were pretty good and it was hard to truly compare them even though they are both giant monster films, they aren't a straight apple to apple type comparison. Hopefully the results will be looked at positively so we will continue to get more kaiju related films.