Sci Fi Box Office: Rampage Beats A Quiet Place by a Whisper

By | April 17, 2018

Dwayne Johnson’s monster flick Rampage stormed into theaters this weekend and took the top slot at the Box Office with a domestic tally of $36 million. That has it on track to make around $100 million in the States, though it will need to rake that in pretty quickly because the new Avengers movie arrives in two weeks and will definitely be drawing plenty of attention away from other movies at the theaters. Rampage also took in an additional $116 million overseas and at this point is on track to end its theatrical run in the black. Last week’s big opener A Quiet Place continued to make plenty of noise as it only dropped 35% from its opening weekend (50% drop is standard) and gave Rampage a run for the Number slot as it totaled $33 million in receipts in the U.S. That one still has not had a lot of exposure overseas, but having passed $100 million domestically with a worldwide tally of $152 million vs a $17 million budget it has already proven itself quite profitable.

Black Panther slipped to Number 6 and did not break any records that I am aware of, so it had a quiet week. But with a worldwide tally of over $1.3 billion thus far, it has already earned its keep. Pacific Rim Uprising slipped to Number 14 and seems to have stalled in the foreign market after a strong start overseas. At this point, it is questionable whether that one will make it past the break-even point. A Wrinkle in Time slipped to Number 15 and continues to have little exposure overseas. With only about $120 million worldwide vs. a $92 million budget, that one will likely end up as a loss for Disney. Tomb Raider slipped to the end of the Top 20, but at nearly $270 million worldwide (and still performing well overseas) that one should end its run in the black.

We are only two weeks away from the beginning of the Summer blockbuster season which kicks off with Avengers: Infinity War. You can see the trailer for that and more below and our Summer preview will be posted shortly.

Here are the sci fi and fantasy movies in the Box Office Top 20 for the weekend of April 13-15:

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

1 (n/a) Rampage, Week 1, $36M ($151M), $120M
2 (1) A Quiet Place, Week 2, $100M ($152M), $17M
4 (2) Ready Player One, Week 3, $115M ($475M), $175M
6 (4) Black Panther, Week 9, $674M ($1.31B), $200M
14 (9) Pacific Rim Uprising, Week 4, $58M ($281M), $150M
15 (12) A Wrinkle in Time, Week 6, $92M ($119M), $110M
20 (14) Tomb Raider, Week 5, $56M ($268M), $94


Coming Soon

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

Bad Samaritan
(May 4th Wide Release)

A valet (Robert Sheehan) develops a clever scam to burglarize the houses of rich customers. Things go smoothly until he robs the wrong customer (David Tennant), and discovers  a woman being held captive in his home.   Afraid of going to prison, he leaves the woman there and makes a call to the police, who find nothing when they investigate. Now, the valet must endure the wrath of the kidnapper who seeks revenge on him, all while desperately trying to find and rescue the captive woman he left behind.

Note: This film does not appear to have any sci fi or fantasy elements, but since it is directed by Dean Devlin (Stargate, Independence Day) and stars David Tennant (Doctor Who, Jessica Jones), it may be of interest to genre fans.

Credits: Dean Devlin (Director), Brandon Boyce (Writer)

Starring: David Tennant, Robert Sheehan, Kerry Condon Jacqueline Byers

High Power
(May 11th Limited Release)

When the Universe decides what it wants, it’s pointless to resist. With his family’s life at stake, Joseph Steadman finds himself the unwilling test subject of a maniacal scientist in a battle that could save the world, or destroy it.

Credits: Matthew Santoro (Writer / Director), Julia Fair (Writer)

Starring: Jade Tailor, Ron Eldard, Jordan Hinson, Austin Stowell

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