Sci Fi Box Office: The Quiet Place Makes Big Noise in the Theaters, Black Panther Moves to No. 3 All-Time in the U.S.

By | April 10, 2018

Another week, another new sci fi movie at Number 1 in the Box Office. This week, the sci fi / horror entry A Quiet Place from John Krasinski made a lot of noise as it pulled in $50 million for its domestic tally. Considering the film only cost $17 million to make, it should already be in the profitable category (not allowing for Hollywood accounting) and studios need to consider getting more exposure to films like these because they prove that not only mega-budget entries can attract people to the theaters. A Quiet Place has not had much exposure overseas yet (not uncommon for horror films) with only $21 million from the foreign Box Office thus far, but it is still doing quite well despite that. Dropping to Number 2 in its second week is Ready Player One, though it has held up well domestically as it approaches a $100 million haul in the United States. And this one continues to do well at the foreign Box Office as it has tallied nearly $400 million worldwide so far.

Slipping to Number 4 in its eighth week was Black Panther, but that one continues to perform well as it has now passed Titanic to become the third highest grossing domestic release of all time. Slipping all the way to Number 9 in its third week is Pacific Rim Uprising, and that one has only totaled $56 million in the States so far. But it continues to do well overseas where it has pulled in an additional $212 million thus far. At Number 12, A Wrinkle in Time is still on track to make around $100 million in its domestic run, but it has still seen little in the way of overseas ticket sales and looks like it will be a write-off for Disney. Tomb Raider slipped all the way to Number 14 in its fourth week with a tally of only $55 million in the States so far. But that one has done much better overseas with a $263 million gross worldwide. Dropping out of the Top 20 this week is Jumanji which slipped to the Number 21 slot. But with a global tally of over $950 million, it has long since turned a profit. Indie horror film The Endless opened with a very limited release in one theater and took in $9K in ticket sales. Considering the success of A Quiet Place, perhaps that one should pushed to more theaters in coming weeks.

This coming weekend, Dwayne Johnson’s Rampage bows at the Box Office, and we are only a few weeks away from the Summer Blockbuster season with Avengers: Infinity War kicking things off on April 27th. You can see trailers for these and more upcoming releases below.

Here are the sci fi and fantasy movies in the Box Office Top 20 for the weekend of April 6-8:

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

1 (n/a) The Quiet Place, Week 1, $50M ($71M), $17M
2 (1) Ready Player One, Week 2, $96M ($394M), $175M
4 (3) Black Panther, Week 8, $666M ($1.30B), $200M
9 (5) Pacific Rim Uprising, Week 3, $56M ($267M), $150M
12 (8) A Wrinkle in Time, Week 5, $90M ($116M), $110M
14 (7) Tomb Raider, Week 4, $55M ($263M), $94

Dropped Out of the Top 20:

21 (20) Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, Week 16, $404M ($951M), $90


Coming Soon

(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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