Sci Fi Box Office: Black Panther Remains on Top; A Wrinkle in Time Debuts This Weekend

By | March 6, 2018

Black Panther remained firmly at the top of the Box Office chart as it pulled in another $66 million this past weekend and has now become the tenth highest grossing domestic film of all-time (and the third quickest to reach half a billion). That one has reached $900 million worldwide and could potentially hit the billion dollar mark after this coming weekend. Last week’s opener Annihilation slipped to the Number 6 slot on the charts in its second week and still looks to be on track to earn around $35 million in its domestic run; internationally it will be streaming on Netflix. Jumanji slipped to Number 7 in its eleventh week as it has tallied $930 million worldwide so far. It looks like it might fall just short of the billion dollar mark during its theatrical run unless it gets an extended stay in cinemas. Oscar darling The Shape of Water got a slight pre-Academy Awards boost as it moved up to the Number 11 slot this past weekend. Expect that one to possibly improve again this coming weekend after racking up four Oscar wins. Western horror film Winchester slipped to the Number 20 slot and continues to look like it might get pushed out of theaters pretty soon with several more big releases on the upcoming schedule.  Expect that one on VOD pretty quickly. Maze Runner: The Death Cure slipped out of the Top 20 this past weekend, but the nearly $280 million it has made worldwide vs. a budget of $62 million means that it will end its theatrical run in the black.

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

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

1 (1) Black Panther, Week 3, $502M ($900M)
6 (4) Annihilation, Week 2, $21M ($21M)
7 (6) Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, Week 11, $393M ($930M)
11 (13) The Shape of Water, Week 14, $57M ($127M)
20 (17) Winchester, Week 5, $25M ($25M)

Dropped Out of the Top 20:

22 (15) Maze Runner: The Death Cure, Week 6, $57M ($279M)


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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

Pacific Rim Uprising
(March 23rd Wide Release)

John Boyega stars as the rebellious Jake Pentecost, a once-promising Jaeger pilot whose legendary father gave his life to secure humanity’s victory against the monstrous “Kaiju.” Jake has since abandoned his training only to become caught up in a criminal underworld. But when an even more unstoppable threat is unleashed to tear through our cities and bring the world to its knees, he is given one last chance to live up to his father’s legacy by his estranged sister, Mako Mori-who is leading a brave new generation of pilots that have grown up in the shadow of war. As they seek justice for the fallen, their only hope is to unite together in a global uprising against the forces of extinction. Jake is joined by gifted rival pilot Lambert and 15-year-old Jaeger hacker Amara, as the heroes of the PPDC become the only family he has left. Rising up to become the most powerful defense force to ever walk the earth, they will set course for a spectacular all-new adventure on a towering scale.

Credits: Steven S. DeKnight (Director / Writer), Emily Carmichael (Writer)

Starring: John Boyega, Scott Eastwood, Cailee Spaeny, Charlie Day, Burn Gorman

I Kill Giants
(March 23rd Limited Release)

An oddball girl named Barbara Thorson regularly brings a Norse warhammer to her middle school, and has a detailed imaginary life in which she is a skilled giant killer. However, her flights of fantasy might be an attempt to cope with troubles at home.

Credits: Anders Walter (Director), Joe Kelly (Writer)

Starring: Madison Wolfe, Imogen Poots, Sydney Wade, Rory Jackson, Zoe Saldana

Ready Player One
(March 30th Wide Release)

In the near future, gamers compete inside a massive video game universe to find an “Easter egg” hidden by the network’s recently deceased creator which promises real life riches. Wade Watts (Tye Sheridan) becomes the first player to successfully navigate the first level of the test, sparking a high-stakes international race to crack the game’s code. Steven Spielberg directs this dystopian adventure based off the 2011 sc-fi novel by Ernest Cline.

Credits: Steven Spielberg (Director), Zak Penn (Writer), Ernest Cline (Writer

Starring: Tye Sheridan, Olivia Cooke, Ben Mendelsohn, T. J. Miller, Simon Pegg

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