The Rock Looks To Rampage The Box Office Yet Again
Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson is an unstoppable rolling stone.
He's an undeniable action hero -- both in real life and on the big screen -- and he isn't showing any signs of stopping.
Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson is at it again with the upcoming release of his latest flick Rampage that is set to see the star at the top of the box office once again.
Rampage stars Johnson as Davis Okoye, a "primatologist" (aka someone who studies primates and NOT an expert in the 2005 Meryl Streep film Prime) whose best friend is an albino silverback gorilla named George. You know, that classic story.
Somehow George goes from your average albino silverback gorilla to a King Kong-esque monster. George isn't the only one to have a terrifying growth spurt as a grey wolf named Ralph(?!) and a crocodile named Lizzie (lol) begin causing chaos. Obviously it's up to Davis and George to work together and save the day. Basically it's a movie where the rock wears a beige t-shirt and punches things.
Rampage sees Johnson reunite with San Andreas director Brad Peyton and it looks to push A Quite Place off the number one spot at the U.S. box office. Variety reports the film is on track to earn between $35 and $40 million in its opening week, which should be enough to claim Johnson the top spot.
There's something miraculous about Johnson's ability to draw a crowd that doesn't seem to be stopping any time soon. Despite a tepid reaction upon release from critics, Johnson's Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle has become Sony Pictures' highest grossing film in the U.S. of all time, and the 42nd highest-grossing film worldwide.
The films themselves aren't particularly inspiring, nor is Johnson giving a varied or nuanced performance and yet he continues to be the secret ingredient to a huge opening. His next venture after Rampage is the aptly named Skycraper where he plays an amputee and former FBI agent who lives in the tallest skyscraper in Hong Kong.
There's something unspoken about Johnson's presence, his ability to command droves of audiences to fill cinemas weeks after release, across the globe. Johnson inhabits an odd space in Hollywood, a charming every-man who simultaneously can take on a gigantic crocodile, overrun skyscraper, demonic board game or even a damn earthquake. He's a proud man of colour, constantly paying homage and respect to his heritage. He's the brazen spirit of Americana: the masculine demigod whose mountainous biceps look at home cradling some enormous weapon, his secret weapon his heart and soul.
Only time will tell if Johnson's particular brand of contradictions will continue to succeed, the highest paid actor in 2016 was barely notched from the top spot in 2017 coming second to Mark Wahlberg, but 2018 looks to be another crash-hot year for The Rock.
Rampage smashes into cinemas across Australia from April 12.