Sci Fi Box Office: Black Panther Reigns Over the Cinemas; Annihilation Opens This Weekend

By | February 21, 2018

Black Panther opened this past weekend, exceeding all the expectations that were already quite optimistic for the film. It pulled in $202 million for the three day weekend, which improved to $242 million when President’s Day is factored in. That gives it the fifth highest opening day weekend in the U.S. and it is on track to make at least half a billion with its domestic tally (you can see a rundown of the other records it set at this link). On top of that, the film pulled in an additional $185 overseas giving it a worldwide total of $427 million for the four-day weekend. As DC still tries to figure out how to turn a profit with its superhero films, Marvel continues to crank out hit after hit.

Among the other genre films in the Box Office Top 20 for the week, Jumanji held at Number 4 as that one gets nearer to the one billion dollar mark worldwide. The third Maze Runner film slipped to Number 8 for the week as it continues to get only tepid interest in U.S. theaters. But it has earned $260 million worldwide and should be in the black by now. The horror western Winchester slipped to Number 9 in its third week and still has not been released overseas. That one may be headed to VOD after a few more weeks in domestic release. The Shape of Water slipped to Number 12 in its twelfth week, but has more than made up its $19.5 million in production costs with $54 million in the States and $93 million worldwide. Star Wars: The Last Jedi dropped out of the Top 20 this past weekend, but it has earned its fair share of Box Office receipts with $1.3 billion worldwide.

Here are the sci fi and fantasy movies in the Box Office Top 20 for the weekend of February 16-19:

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

1 (n/a) Black Panther, Week 1, $242M ($423M)
4 (4) Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, Week 9, $3380M ($908M)
8 (6) Maze Runner: The Death Cure, Week 4, $55M ($260M)
9 (7) Winchester, Week 3, $22M ($22M)
12 (9) The Shape of Water, Week 12, $54M ($93M)

Dropped Out of the Top 20:

24 (16) Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Week 10, $618M ($1,329M)


Coming Soon

(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

Tomb Raider
(March 16th Wide Release)

Lara Croft is the fiercely independent daughter of an eccentric adventurer who vanished when she was scarcely a teen. Now a young woman of 21 without any real focus or purpose, Lara navigates the chaotic streets of trendy East London as a bike courier, barely making the rent, and takes college courses, rarely making it to class. Determined to forge her own path, she refuses to take the reins of her father’s global empire just as staunchly as she rejects the idea that he’s truly gone. Advised to face the facts and move forward after seven years without him, even Lara can’t understand what drives her to finally solve the puzzle of his mysterious death. Going explicitly against his final wishes, she leaves everything she knows behind in search of her dad’s last-known destination: a fabled tomb on a mythical island that might be somewhere off the coast of Japan.

Credits: Roar Uthaug (Director), Geneva Robertson-Dworet (Writer)

Starring: Alicia Vikander, Dominic West, Walton Goggins, Daniel Wu