Dwayne Johnson’s ‘Skyscraper’ Gets Burned at Box Office

Skyscraper (Credit: Universal)

Skyscraper failed to soar to towering heights with moviegoers.

The thriller starring Dwayne Johnson as a father desperately trying to save his family from a fire in the world’s tallest skyscraper, debuted in third place at the box office in North America with an estimated $25.4 million, according to BoxOfficeMojo.

Analysts had projected the action drama would open in the $33 million to $40 million range.

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But while Skyscraper disappointed, Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation delighted the family audience.

The animated comedy featuring the voices of Adam Sandler, Andy Samberg and Selena Gomez debuted in first place with $44.1 million. The film played in 4,267 locations, giving it a per-theater average of $10,335.

Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation (Sony Pictures)
Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation (Sony Pictures)

The third installment of the Sony Pictures franchise matched the opening of the first Hotel Transylvania, which debuted domestically with $42.5 million in 2012. Hotel Transylvania 2 premiered with $48 million in 2015.

This weekend’s second-place finisher, Ant-Man and the Wasp, took in $28.8 million, bringing its two-week domestic total to $133 million.

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As for third-place finisher, Skyscraper, critics were lukewarm on the film, giving it a 51% Tomatometer rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

Some social media users also complained that Johnson keeps “putting out the same movie.” Since April 2017, the wrestler-turned-actor has appeared in five action films, including The Fate of the Furious, Baywatch, Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, Rampage and now Skyscraper.
His latest movie launched in 3,782 in theaters, and earned an average of $6,738 per location. The Universal Pictures release was produced on a reported $125 million budget, and will most likely have to rely on overseas ticket sales to turn a profit.

Elsewhere at the box office, Incredibles 2 took fourth place with $16.2 million, and Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom rounded out the top five with $15.5 million.