– by Joseph Jammer Medina

Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle hit theaters last year, and despite sort of a middling enthusiasm for the film initially, it still managed to break $940 million at the worldwide box office (and still counting). If you had seen the initial projections for that film, you would never have predicted its success, as it had kind of a soft opening of $36 million in its opening domestic weekend.

It’s with that in mind that we’re looking at Dwayne Johnson’s next big blockbuster, Rampage. Based on the arcade game of the same name, it’s not really a film anyone asked for — kinda like Jumanji. According to a new report from Variety, the monster movie is set to take in “solid” opening of $35 million.

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In a world where $200 million is increasingly the norm in blockbusters, this does seem like a pretty disappointing turn. However, we can’t so quickly forget Jumanji‘s own success. Should Rampage turn out to be a similar crowd-pleaser, there is a chance that it can also have big success.

That being said, it does have two other things going against it. First is the fact that this is more of a standard action film than a family film. This could limit its appeal slightly. Second is that it has Avengers: Infinity War just a couple weeks later on April 27. In a world where these blockbusters are increasingly common, audiences need to choose where to allocate their funds, and can people really expect to cough up money for both Rampage and a Marvel film in the same month, or rather will they be willing to?

Its opening is one thing, but I’ll be more interested to see the critical response to Rampage, and the word of mouth, as that will ultimately determine its success. Will you be seeing Rampage on its opening weekend? Let us know down below!

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SOURCE: Variety

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.