Sci Fi Box Office: Tomb Raider Opens at Number 2, Black Panther Holds at Number 1

By | March 20, 2018

The Tomb Raider reboot hit the theaters this past weekend and grabbed the Number 2 slot in the U.S. Box Office, pulling in $24 million in receipts. That makes it the sixth highest opening movie based on a video game, with original 2001 Tomb Raider still at Number 1 in that category. The new film is currently on track to earn between $70 and $75 million domestically which will fall short of its $94 million budget. But it has grossed over $100 million in the foreign markets, so this one could still end its theatrical run in the black. Black Panther held onto the Number 1 spot at the Box Office for a fifth week in a row, but its lead was not as commanding as it only earned about $3 million more than Tomb Raider over the weekend. Pacific Rim Uprising hits theaters this weekend and could potentially challenge Black Panther for the top spot. Last week’s opener A Wrinkle in Time slipped to Number 4 in its second week and it remains on track for a $100 million tally in its domestic Box Office run. That one has still not had a very wide release internationally, so it is hard to tell how it overseas attendance will help its overall take. Slipping to Number 11 in its fourth week was Annihilation which has earned $30 million in the States so far. It is now streaming outside the U.S. on Netflix. Jumanji slipped to Number 12 in its thirteenth week and it will probably top off somewhere around $950 worldwide before exiting the theaters. The Shape of Water slipped to Number 16 in its Academy Award extended theatrical run, but its $10 million opening in China boosted its worldwide tally to $173 million.

Here are the sci fi and fantasy movies in the Box Office Top 20 for the weekend of March 16-18:

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

1 (1) Black Panther, Week 4, $605M ($1.2B)
2 (n/a) Tomb Raider, Week 1, $24M ($129M)
4 (2) A Wrinkle in Time, Week 2, $61M ($72M)
11 (8) Annihilation, Week 4, $30M ($30M)
12 (10) Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, Week 13, $400M ($942M)
16 (12) The Shape of Water, Week 16, $63M ($173M)


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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

The Endless
(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

(April 13th Wide Release [Moved Up from Original April 20th Release Date])

Primatologist Davis Okoye (Johnson), a man who keeps people at a distance, shares an unshakable bond with George, the extraordinarily intelligent, silverback gorilla who has been in his care since birth. But a rogue genetic experiment gone awry mutates this gentle ape into a raging creature of enormous size. To make matters worse, it’s soon discovered there are other similarly altered animals. As these newly created alpha predators tear across North America, destroying everything in their path, Okoye teams with a discredited genetic engineer to secure an antidote, fighting his way through an ever-changing battlefield, not only to halt a global catastrophe but to save the fearsome creature that was once his friend.

Credits: Brad Peyton (Director), Ryan Engle (Writer), Carlton Cuse (Writer)

Starring: Dwayne Johnson, Naomie Harris, Malin Åkerman, Joe Manganiello, Jeffrey Dean Morgan

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