Box Office Battle: 'Rampage' expected to rumble past 'A Quiet Place'
Opening this weekend is Time Warner (TWX) subsidiary Warner Bros' "Rampage," based on the classic arcade game of the same name, and starring Dwayne Johnson alongside giant CGI animals-turned-monsters. The action-adventure film, which had a production budget of $120M, is expected to open in the range of $35M-$40M at over 4,100 theaters. "Rampage" has already earned $2.4M in Thursday night previews. Last weekend's winner, Viacom (VIA, VIAB) subsidiary Paramount's horror film "A Quiet Place," is expected to come in second place this weekend, bringing in an additional $30M-$32.5M. Also opening this weekend, and expected to take third place, is Comcast (CMCSA, CMCSK) subsidiary Universal and Blumhouse's thriller "Truth or Dare." The film will compete for the same audience as "A Quiet Place," and is expected to open in the $15M-$17M range. Expected to finish in fourth place is Warner Bros. sci-fi action flick "Ready Player One." The Stephen Spielberg-directed book adaptation is expected to earn around $14M in its third weekend at theaters. Other publicly traded companies in filmmaking include 21st Century Fox (FOX, FOXA), Disney (DIS), Lionsgate (LGF.A, LGF.B), and Sony (SNE).