Sci Fi Box Office: Jumanji Returns to Number 1

By | February 6, 2018

Welcome Back to the Jungle

Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle returned to the top spot at the Box Office this past weekend, bumping down Maze Runner: The Death Cure after that one opened on top the prior weekend. Jumanji added $11 million to its domestic total after seven weeks of release and it is currently approaching $860 million worldwide. Maze Runner slipped to the Number 2 slot as its earning tumbled by 57% to $10 million in its second week of release in the States. But that film continues to do well overseas and now as a worldwide tally of over $180 million meaning that it should end its theatrical run in the black. The horror film Winchester opened this past weekend (I missed that in the previews in the prior post because I thought it was a western) and pulled in $9.3 million in receipts domestically to start out at the Number 3 slot (it has not been released overseas yet). It’s opening week tally has it on target to make $25 to $30 million in the States. I have not seen budget information on this one, but production costs tend to be on the lower side for horror films, so it has a chance to turn a profit. Shape of Water slipped only one slot down to Number 9 after getting its boost from the Oscar nominations last week. Star Wars: The Last Jedi slipped to Number 15 (down from Number 11) after eight weeks. And Insidious: The Last Key dropped to the end of the Top 20 (down from Number 15) after its fifth week. It has made $156 million worldwide on a $10 million budget, so that one definitely counts as a profitable venture.

Here are the sci fi and fantasy movies in the Box Office Top 20 for the weekend of February 2-4:

Rank (Prior Week Rank), Title, Week, Domestic Gross (Worldwide Gross)

1 (2) Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, Week 7, $353M ($856M)
2 (1) Maze Runner: The Death Cure, Week 2, $40M ($183M)
3 (n/a) Winchester, Week 1, $9M ($9M)
9 (8) The Shape of Water, Week 10, $45M ($64M)
15 (11) Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Week 8, $614M ($1,321M)
20 (15) Insidious: The Last Key, Week 5, $66M ($156M)


Coming Soon


Still/Born (February 9th Limited Release)

Mary, a new mother gives birth to two twins but only one of them is alive. While taking care of her remaining child, Adam, she suspects that something, a supernatural entity, has chosen her child and will stop at nothing to take it from her.

Credits: Brandon Christensen (Director / Writer), Colin Minihan (Writer)

Starring: Christie Burke, Jesse Moss, Rebecca Olson, Sheila McCarthy

Black Panther (February 16th Wide Release)

Black Panther follows T’Challa who, after the events of Captain America: Civil War, returns home to the isolated, technologically advanced African nation of Wakanda to take his place as King. However, when an old enemy reappears on the radar, T’Challa’s mettle as King and Black Panther is tested when he is drawn into a conflict that puts the entire fate of Wakanda and the world at risk.

Credits: Ryan Coogler (Director), Joe Robert Cole (Writer), Ryan Coogler (Writer)

Starring: Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira

Annihilation (February 23rd Wide Release)

A biologist’s husband disappears. She puts her name forward for an expedition into an environmental disaster zone, but does not find what she’s expecting. The expedition team is made up of the biologist, an anthropologist, a psychologist, a surveyor, and a linguist. Based on Jeff VanderMeer’s Southern Reach Trilogy.

Credits: Alex Garland (Writer / Director)

Starring: Tessa Thompson, Natalie Portman, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Oscar Isaac, Gina Rodriguez

The Lodgers (February 23rd Limited Release)

In this gothic horror tale, a family curse confines orphaned twins Rachel (Charlotte Vega) and Edward (Bill Milner) to their home as punishment for their ancestors’ sins. Bound to the rules of a haunting childhood lullaby, the twins must never let any outsiders inside the house, must be in their rooms by the chime of midnight, and must never be separated from one another. Breaking any of these three rules will incur the wrath of a sinister presence that inhabits the house after midnight.

Credits: Brian O’Malley (Director), David Turpin (Writer)

Starring: Charlotte Vega, Bill Milner, Eugene Simon, David Bradley

See our rundown of the new trailers released during the Super Bowl at this link.