‘Isle of Dogs’ Stays and Sits in Top 10 on Quiet Indie Box Office Weekend

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On a quiet weekend for the indie box office, Fox Searchlight’s “Isle of Dogs” held on to its spot in the top 10 in its second weekend in wide release. The Wes Anderson film expanded again to 1,947 screens and made $3.4 million, bringing its total to $24.3 million.

That puts “Isle of Dogs” on the verge of passing the inflation-adjusted domestic total of Wes Anderson’s previous stop-motion animated film, “The Fantastic Mr. Fox,” which made $21 million in 2009. With inflation taken into account, that amount grows to $25.2 million. Globally, “Isle of Dogs” currently has a total of $39.6 million.

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Elsewhere, the top per screen average (PSA) of the weekend belongs to IFC’s “Ghost Stories,” which opened on a single screen in New York and made $12,563. The anthology horror film stars Andy Nyman — who co-directed and wrote the film with Jeremy Dyson — as a professor known for debunking supernatural myths. But his skepticism is put to the test when he encounters three people with horror stories that might be more than they seem. Martin Freeman, Paul Whitehouse and Alex Lawther also star.

Also entering this weekend is Indian film “Bharat Ane Nenu,” which was released on 302 screens by Great India Films and made $2.66 million. That amounts to an estimated per screen average of $8,811. In India, the political thriller from director Koratala Siva has earned the second highest opening weekend for any Telugu-language film, just  behind last year’s record-breaking blockbuster “Baahubali 2.”

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Sitting just behind “Bharat” on the PSA rankings for the weekend is Sony Pictures Classics’ “The Rider,” which expanded modestly to nine screens and added $78,433 in its second weekend. That pushes the film’s total to $142,768 and gives it a per screen average this weekend of $8,715.

Amazon expanded the acclaimed Cannes thriller “You Were Never Really Here” to 183 screens, making $551,745 and pushing the film’s total past $1.2 million with a per screen average for the weekend of $3,085. Bleecker Street’s “Beirut” added $1 million from 755 screens, giving it a 10-day domestic total of $3.9 million.

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‘Rampage’ Tops $216M Overseas; ‘A Quiet Place’ Cranks WW Volume To $207M – International Box Office

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Refresh for latest…: New Line/Warner Bros’ Rampage continued to dominate overseas play this weekend, adding $57M in 61 markets to push the international box office to $216.4M. The global tally on the Dwayne Johnson-starrer is now $283M. In China,…

Box Office: Dwayne Johnson’s ‘Rampage’ to Battle Horror Titles

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Box office king Dwayne Johnson is ready to reclaim his crown. Johnson, whose “Jumanji” just became Sony Picture’s highest grossing movie of all time, is swinging back into theaters with “Rampage.” The New Line Cinema and Warner Bros. pic, which reportedly cost $120 million to make, is estimating a debut between $37 million to $40 […]

‘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 “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.

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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.

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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.”

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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.

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