This past weekend saw the release of a big action movie starring Dwayne Johnson. It should have been a recipe for success. However, that wasn't exactly the case. Skyscraper opened in third place at the box office behind Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation and Ant-Man and the Wasp in its second weekend, with an anemic $25 million. This is clearly not the place Skyscraper expected to be. So what the hell happened?
As is usually the case, there's more than one answer. A number of different factors came together to result in Skyscraper's less-than-stellar performance. Let's break a few of them down.
The Rock Isn't Actually Bulletproof
Dwayne Johnson is, without question, one of the biggest stars on the planet. However, that doesn't mean that literally everything that he touches will turn to gold. While he was the lead in last year's Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, which exceeded expectations in a big way, that's been one of The Rock's only blockbuster hits that wasn't a Fast and Furious film or an animated Disney movie. Even his last movie, Rampage, while it saw a better opening than Skyscraper, wouldn't have been strong enough to take first place this past weekend.
Hotel Transylvania Is Kind Of A Big Deal
While the Hotel Transylvania movies might not be the first name you think of when you consider major animation franchises, the films have done remarkably well over the years. The previous film in the series grossed nearly a half billion dollars worldwide and the franchise is on the verge of the billion-dollar mark. This means that competition at the box office was perhaps a bit stiffer than people may have previously considered. With the exception of Incredibles 2, this was probably the biggest family release of the summer, which means small children, and their parents, likely hit the theater in droves to beat the summer heat and enjoy a movie together.