The fantasy film A Wrinkle in Time had its debut at the theaters this past weekend and it was the Number 2 Box Office earner pulling in $33 million in the United States. That has it on target for a domestic tally of around $100 million, but it cost that much to produce meaning the film will need some help from the overseas Box Office to get to the break even point. It has only had a limited release globally so far, so we will have to see if it can make up some of the gap in the coming weeks. Of course, A Wrinkle in Time might have had a better opening weekend if not for continued strong competition from Black Panther which had a lock on the Number 1 slot for the fourth week in a row. That one added another $41 million to its domestic tally and it has now surpassed $1 billion worldwide, the fifth Marvel Universe movie to pass that mark. Slipping on the charts was Annihilation which dropped to the Number 8 slot in its third week. That one has now earned $26 million in the States and it gets released internationally on Netflix today. Jumanji slipped to Number 10 in its twelfth week and continues to look like it will fall short of the billion dollar mark during its theatrical run (but it has still made a healthy $937 million across the globe). The Shape of Water slipped one slot to Number 12, but it is still enjoying an extended stay in the theaters due to its Academy Awards halo. Dropping out of the Top 20 this week is the horror western Winchester which slipped all the way to Number 31. Expect that one to be gone from the theaters in a week or two and likely headed to VOD.
Here are the sci fi and fantasy movies in the Box Office Top 20 for the weekend of March 9-11:
Rank (Prior Week Rank), Title, Week, Domestic Gross (Worldwide Gross)
1 (1) Black Panther, Week 4, $562M ($1.1B)
2 (n/a) A Wrinkle in Time, Week 1, $33M ($39M)
8 (6) Annihilation, Week 3, $26M ($26M)
10 (7) Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, Week 12, $397M ($937M)
12 (11) The Shape of Water, Week 15, $61M ($150M)
Dropped Out of the Top 20:
31 (20) Winchester, Week 6, $25M ($25M)
(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
A Quiet Place
(April 6th Wide Release)
In the modern horror thriller A QUIET PLACE, a family of four must navigate their lives in silence after mysterious creatures that hunt by sound threaten their survival. If they hear you, they hunt you.
Credits: John Krasinski (Director / Writer), Bryan Woods (Writer), Scott Beck (Writer)
Starring: Emily Blunt, John Krasinski, Noah Jupe, Millicent Simmonds
(April 6th Limited Release)
Following their Lovecraftian modern cult classic SPRING, acclaimed filmmakers Moorhead and Benson return with this mind-bending thriller that follows two brothers who receive a cryptic video message inspiring them to revisit the UFO death cult they escaped a decade earlier. Hoping to find the closure that they couldn’t as young men, they’re forced to reconsider the cult’s beliefs when confronted with unexplainable phenomena surrounding the camp. As the members prepare for the coming of a mysterious event, the brothers race to unravel the seemingly impossible truth before their lives become permanently entangled with the cult.
Credits: Justin Benson (Director / Writer), Aaron Moorhead (Director)
Starring: Justin Benson, Aaron Moorhead, Callie Hernandez, Tate Ellington, Lew Temple
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