The weekend before the Summer Blockbuster season begins was rather quiet at the Box Office (no apologies for that one) as there were no high profile debuts and A Quiet Place took back the Number 1 slot in its third week of release. That film has now made $131 million domestically and over $200 million worldwide vs. a $17 million budget, so it has been quite a profitable venture. Rampage slipped to Number 2 in its second week as it remains on track to pull in $80 to $100 million in its domestic run (depending on how much of a dent the Avengers puts in its tally starting this weekend). It has already topped $283 million worldwide vs. a $120 million budget, so it should end its theatrical run in the black. Ready Player One slipped to Number 6 in its fourth week, but with a worldwide tally of $522 million thus far vs. a $175 million budget, it is already right at the break-even point. Black Panther slipped to Number 8 in its tenth week, but could still be in the Top 10 this weekend when Avengers: Infinity War debuts which would give Marvel two Top 10 movies at the same time (it is a foregone conclusion that the new Avengers movie will debut at Number 1). A Wrinkle in Time slipped to Number 18 as it approaches $100 million for its domestic run. But with only $124 million worldwide vs. a $110 million budget, it will end its theatrical run in the red. And that may be the same fate for Pacific Rim Uprising as that one has not been able to make up the slack at the foreign Box Office (where it is performing better than in the States) to cover its $150 million budget. Dropping out of the Top 20 this week is Tomb Raider which slipped to the Number 26 slot. But that one has made $270 million worldwide against a $94 million budget and should be past the break-even point by the time it exits the theaters. In limited release, Ghost Stories pulled in $12K in the one theater it was screened, which is a quite a good tally for a single venue. That one likely heads to VOD shortly.
The Summer Blockbuster season is upon us with the debut of Avengers: Infinity War this weekend. You can see the trailer for that and more of the upcoming Summer Season films below and you can see our full preview at this link.
Here are the sci fi and fantasy movies in the Box Office Top 20 for the weekend of April 20-22:
Rank (Prior Week Rank), Title, Week, Domestic Gross (Worldwide Gross), Budget
1 (2) A Quiet Place, Week 3, $131M ($206M), $17M
2 (1) Rampage, Week 2, $66M ($283M), $120M
6 (4) Ready Player One, Week 4, $126M ($522M), $175M
8 (6) Black Panther, Week 10, $681M ($1.32B), $200M
18 (15) A Wrinkle in Time, Week 7, $94M ($124M), $110M
19 (14) Pacific Rim Uprising, Week 5, $59M ($286M), $150M
Dropped out of the Top 20:
26 (20) Tomb Raider, Week 6, $57M ($270M), $94
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
(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
(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
(May 18th Wide Release)
After surviving a near fatal bovine attack, a disfigured cafeteria chef (Wade Wilson) struggles to fulfill his dream of becoming Mayberry’s hottest bartender while also learning to cope with his lost sense of taste. Searching to regain his spice for life, as well as a flux capacitor, Wade must battle ninjas, the yakuza, and a pack of sexually aggressive canines, as he journeys around the world to discover the importance of family, friendship, and flavor – finding a new taste for adventure and earning the coveted coffee mug title of World’s Best Lover. RT
Credits: David Leitch (Director), Rhett Reese (Writer), Paul Wernick (Writer)
Starring: Ryan Reynolds, Josh Brolin, Morena Baccarin, Julian Dennison
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