New Line Cinema's video game adaptation Rampage managed to over-perform in its debut weekend, earning an impressive $35.7 million to hold off the equally-impressive A Quiet Place, which dropped just 34.3% to take in $32.9 million in its second frame in theaters. This weekend, which serves as the last "spring" weekend before the summer movie season begins in earnest with Avengers: Infinity War, brings Fox Searchlight's long-awaited comedy sequel Super Troopers 2 to theaters, alongside STX Entertainment's comedy I Feel Pretty and Lionsgate's thriller Traffik. While it will be another close race at the box office, we're predicting Rampage will come out on top with $18.2 million, just edging out I Feel Pretty, debuting with $17.4 million.
I Feel Pretty, which stars comedy superstar Amy Schumer, has a huge edge in terms of rollout, with STX bringing this comedy into 3,200 theaters, while the other two newcomers pale in comparison. Fox Searchlight is only expected to roll out Super Troopers 2 in 2,000 theaters, while Lionsgate's Traffik is only expected to debut in roughly 1,000 theaters. As of now, there are not enough reviews posted for I Feel Pretty or Traffik, although Super Troopers 2 is right on the verge of "fresh" territory, with a 57% rating on Rotten Tomatoes as of now. Despite many hardcore fans waiting 16 years for Super Troopers 2, the sequel's middling theater count likely means that it won't fare too much better than its predecessor.
Paramount's low-budget thriller hit A Quiet Place will likely drop to third place with a projected $17 million, followed Truth Or Dare in third place with $9.3 million and Super Troopers 2 rounding out the top five with $7.6 million. This opening weekend tally is just a $1.4 million improvement over the 2002 debut of Super Troopers, which earned $6.2 million from 1,780 theaters in its opening weekend. While it only earned $23.1 million worldwide, from a $3 million budget, the comedy became a cult classic after arriving on home video, launching the careers of the Broken Lizard comedy troupe, who all wrote and starred in the original and the sequel.
We're projecting that the box office top 10 will be rounded out by Ready Player One ($6.4 million), Blockers ($5.8 million), Black Panther ($3.2million), Isle of Dogs ($3 million) and I Can Only Imagine ($2.2 million). Also opening this weekend in limited release is The Orchard's The Devil and Father Amorth, Carusel's Furious, Vertical Entertainment's Genesis, IFC's Ghost Stories, Cohen Media Group's Godard Mon Amour, Rialto's Le Corbeau and Parade Deck Films' Zoo Wars. There is no indication whether or not these films will expand and get a nationwide release.
There is only one new movie arriving next weekend, which is shaping up to be the biggest blockbuster of the year, Marvel's Avengers: Infinity War. The movie has already been breaking pre-sales records left and right and the latest projections put it between $235 million and $255 million, with the high end of that range good enough to break Star Wars: The Force Awakens' all-time opening weekend record of $247.9 million. Take a look at our top 10 projections for the weekend of April 20, and check back on Sunday for the top 10 estimates, courtesy of Box Office Mojo.