Sci Fi Box Office: Pacific Rim Has an Uprising, Black Panther Passes More Milestones

By | March 27, 2018

For the first time in five weeks, there is a new Number 1 at the Box Office as Pacific Rim Uprising took the top spot in its initial weekend of release in the U.S. That one grossed $28 million domestically which has it on track to make $85 to $95 million in theaters in the States. That is notably below its hefty $150 million budget, but like the first Pacific Rim, this one is leveraged heavily on its performance globally. It has already brought in $122 million at the foreign Box Office and it should end up in the black after its theatrical run. Black Panther slipped out of the top spot for the first time since it hit the theaters domestically, but it continues to add to its list of accomplishments. With a $631 million tally (and growing), it is now the top earning comic book movie in the United States, having passed by previous champ The Avengers. And its $1.2 billion globally makes it the twelfth highest grossing film of all-time worldwide. Expect the film to continue to add to its milestones as it has at least another seven weeks of its theatrical release ahead of it.

Slipping to Number 5 in its second week is Tomb Raider which now has $41 million in domestic receipts. But that is another film depending heavily on global performance and it is already over $200 million worldwide. A Wrinkle in Time slipped to Number 6 in its third week and it currently has a tally of $74 million domestically. That one still has not had much exposure in the foreign markets, so I expect its global total to grow in coming weeks. Annihilation dropped to Number 18 in its fifth week and it has totaled $31 million so far in its domestic release. Netflix is streaming this one internationally. Jumanji slipped close to the end of the Top 20 in its fourteenth week, but that film has totaled a hefty $943 million take worldwide so far. Falling out of the Top 20 was The Shape of Water which slipped to the Number 25 slot. That one had an extended stay in theaters due to its Oscar wins and has totaled $186 million worldwide so far.

This coming weekend Ready Player One hits theaters in wide release, and we are only about a month away from Avengers: Infinity War kicking off the Summer Blockbuster Season on April 27th. You can see trailers for both of those plus other new releases below in the Coming Soon section below.

Here are the sci fi and fantasy movies in the Box Office Top 20 for the weekend of March 23-25:

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

1 (n/a) Pacific Rim Uprising, Week 1, $28M ($151M)
2 (1) Black Panther, Week 6, $631M ($1.24B)
5 (2) Tomb Raider, Week 2, $41M ($211M)
6 (4) A Wrinkle in Time, Week 3, $74M ($88M)
18 (11) Annihilation, Week 5, $31M ($31M)
19 (12) Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, Week 14, $402M ($943M)

Dropped Out of the Top 20:

25 (16) The Shape of Water, Week 17, $63M ($186M)


Coming Soon

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

Ghost Stories
(April 20th Limited Release)

Experience three spine-tingling tales of terror to haunt your dreams. A debunker of all things paranormal, Professor Phillip Goodman (Andy Nyman) has devoted his life to exposing phony psychics and fraudulent supernatural shenanigans on his own television show. His skepticism is put to the test, however, when he receives a file of three chilling, inexplicable cases: a night watchman (Paul Whitehouse) haunted by disturbing visions as he patrols an abandoned asylum; an edgy young man (Black Mirror’s Alex Lawther) involved in a hellish car accident deep in the woods; and a wealthy former banker (Black Panther’s Martin Freeman) visited by the poltergeist spirit of his unborn child. Even scarier: each of the these macabre stories seems to have a sinister connection to Professor Goodman’s own life. Will they make a believer of him yet?

Credits: Jeremy Dyson (Director / Writer), Andy Nyman (Director / Writer)

Starring: Andy Nyman, Martin Freeman, Alex Lawther, Nicholas Burns, Jill Halfpenny

Avengers: Infinity War
(April 27th Wide Release)

An unprecedented cinematic journey ten years in the making and spanning the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe, Marvel Studios’ “Avengers: Infinity War” brings to the screen the ultimate, deadliest showdown of all time. The Avengers and their Super Hero allies must be willing to sacrifice all in an attempt to defeat the powerful Thanos before his blitz of devastation and ruin puts an end to the universe.

Credits: Anthony Russo (Director), Joe Russo (Director), Christopher Markus (Writer), Stephen McFeely (Writer)

Starring: Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Benedict Cumberbatch

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