Sci Fi Box Office: Ready Player One is Ready for Number One

By | April 3, 2018

We have a new Number 1 at the Box Office this weekend as the Steven Spielberg directed Ready Player One jumped to the top in its opening weekend and took in just under $54 million (it was released on Thursday so it had an extra day in its total). That one is on track to pull in somewhere between $150 and $200 million during its domestic run. But with a hefty budget of $175 million, it will have to rely on its performance overseas to get it into the black. It has already taken in over $127 million overseas, bringing it to a global tally of $181 million, so it appears to be in good shape at the moment. Last week’s Number 1 entry at the Box Office, Pacific Rim Uprising, slipped all the way to Number 5 in its second week. That one may not top $80 million in its domestic run as initially predicted, but it is doing quite well globally with a $185 million tally so far. Previous Box Office king Black Panther slipped to Number 3 in its seventh week and now has totaled close to $1.3 billion worldwide. Tomb Raider slipped to Number 7 in its third week, but it has close to $250 million globally at this point and will certainly end up in the black by the time it finishes its theatrical run. A Wrinkle in Time slipped to Number 8 in its fourth week and still looks to be on track for a domestic tally of around $100 million. But it is not getting much help from the foreign Box Office, having only total $21 million there so far. If that number does not improve much, this one will have a hard time making it into the black considering its $100 million budget. Jumanji held onto to the Top 20 one more week as that one was now amassed a global tally of $946 million. Slipping out of the Top 20 this week was Annihilation which dropped to Number 23. That one has a domestic tally of $32 million and it is streaming globally on Netflix now.

This coming weekend gives us a lower key sci fi entry with the new release A Quiet Place, but expect the action to ramp up quickly with Dwayne Johnson’s Rampage busting into theaters the following weekend and the Summer blockbuster season kicking off at the end of the month with Avengers: Infinity War (see trailers below).

Here are the sci fi and fantasy movies in the Box Office Top 20 for the weekend of March 30-April 1:

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

1 (n/a) Ready Player One, Week 1, $54M ($181M)
3 (2) Black Panther, Week 7, $651M ($1.28B)
5 (1) Pacific Rim Uprising, Week 2, $46M ($185M)
7 (5) Tomb Raider, Week 3, $51M ($247M)
8 (6) A Wrinkle in Time, Week 4, $83M ($105M)
20 (19) Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, Week 15, $403M ($946M)

Dropped Out of the Top 20:

23 (18) Annihilation, Week 6, $32M ($32M)


Coming Soon

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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