Dwayne Johnson's "Ramage" takes top spot at box office

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Rampage may have failed to set the USA box office alight over the weekend, but it seems audiences in the UAE can't get enough of Dwayne Johnson and his monkey business in the big budget monster flick. That figure brings the movie's domestic total to about $100 million after 10 days in theaters.

The top 20 titles in Oz harvested nearly $17 million, up 12 per cent on the previous weekend according to Numero.

Truth or Dare placed No. 3, followed by Ready Player One.

Directed by Brad Peyton, the movie starring Johnson as a primatologist who bonds with George, an extraordinarily intelligent, silverback gorilla who turns into a raging monster, minted $3.1 million here plus an estimated $US34.5 million in the United States and $US114.1 million internationally. Other big markets include Mexico ($4.8 million from 2,831 screens), Malaysia ($3.5 million from 590 screens), Indonesia ($3.1 million from 687 screens), and Russian Federation ($3.1 million from 2,668 screens). In China alone, the film has earned $193.8 million.

In its first weekend out, Dwayne Johnson tried to Rampage through the second-week returns for John Krasinki's horror film, but between The Rock and A Quiet Place, it mostly ended up a stalemate where both sides could claim victory. The Paramount hit has collared $99 million in the United States and $51.7 million in the rest of the world, with France, Spain, Japan and China ahead.

In third place over the Friday the 13th weekend was yet another horror film, new Universal/Blumhouse release "Truth or Dare", which took in US$19.1 million - more than five times the movie's minuscule budget. The raunchy comedy from Kay Cannon accumulated $10.3 million in North America this weekend, with a worldwide total of $52.9 million. That's a good start considering the Japan-set saga of a boy's odyssey in search of his dog, featuring a voice cast led by Bill Murray, Bryan Cranston, Kunichi Nomura and Edward Norton, has grossed $18.5 million in the US. Along with its $32.9 million domestic weekend, John Krasinski's film has racked up $151 million globally.

Fox's Love, Simon, a gay coming-of-age romance directed by Greg Berlanti, advanced to $4.6 million after earning $649,000 in its third outing.

The sophomore weekend of Universal's "Blockers" grossed $3.9 million in 21 territories.

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