Sci Fi Box Office: Jumanji Drops from the Top Spot; Black Panther Opens this Weekend

By | February 13, 2018

Jumanji is No Longer King of the Box Office Jungle

Jumanji slipped to the Number 4 slot in its eighth week of release as several non-genre films opened over the weekend and pushed that one out of the top slot. It has more than turned a profit, though, with $883 million worldwide on a budget of $90 million. Maze Runner: The Death Cure slipped to Number 6 in its third week as that one has not held on well in domestic theaters. But with $230 million worldwide so far, it should be in the black by now. The western / horror film Winchester slipped to Number 7 in its second week and is on track for over $30 million domestically at this point (it has not hit theaters overseas yet). Horror entries tend to have a lower budget, though, so this one may still make money. Shape of Water continues to hold after getting a boost from its multiple Oscar nominations, and that one has tallied $74 million worldwide after eleven weeks. Star Wars: The Last Jedi is still drawing people in to the theaters and it has now earned over $1.3 billion across the globe. Falling out of the Top 20 this past weekend was Insidious: The Last Key, but having earned over $160 million worldwide on a budget of $10 million makes it a solid earner.

Here are the sci fi and fantasy movies in the Box Office Top 20 for the weekend of February 9-11:

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

4 (1) Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, Week 8, $366M ($883M)
6 (2) Maze Runner: The Death Cure, Week 3, $49M ($230M)
7 (3) Winchester, Week 2, $17M ($17M)
9 (9) The Shape of Water, Week 11, $50M ($74M)
16 (15) Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Week 9, $617M ($1,326M)

Dropped Out of the Top 20:

27 (20) Insidious: The Last Key, Week 5, $67M ($161M)


Coming Soon

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

(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

A Wrinkle in Time
(March 9th Wide Release)

Meg Murry (Storm Reid) is a typical middle school student struggling with issues of self-worth who is desperate to fit in. As the daughter of two world-renowned physicists, she is intelligent and uniquely gifted, as is Meg’s younger brother Charles Wallace (Deric McCabe), but she has yet to realize it for herself. Making matters even worse is the baffling disappearance of Mr. Murry (Chris Pine), which torments Meg and has left her mother (Gugu Mbatha-Raw) heartbroken. Charles Wallace introduces Meg and her fellow classmate Calvin (Levi Miller) to three celestial guides-Mrs. Which (Oprah Winfrey), Mrs. Whatsit (Reese Witherspoon) and Mrs. Who (Mindy Kaling)-who have journeyed to Earth to help search for their father, and together they set off on their formidable quest. Traveling via a wrinkling of time and space known as tessering, they are soon transported to worlds beyond their imagination where they must confront a powerful evil. To make it back home to Earth, Meg must look deep within herself and embrace her flaws to harness the strength necessary to defeat the darkness closing in on them.

Credit: Ava DuVernay (Director), Jennifer Lee (Writer)

Starring: Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon, Mindy Kaling, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Zach Galifianakis

New Trailers


Marvel’s Venom will be coming out in October. Here is the teaser trailer for that one.

A Quiet Place hits theaters on April 6th.

Deadpool 2 arrives on May 18th. Here’s the NSFW trailer for that one.

The Titan will hit theaters later this year.