Sci Fi Box Office: Avengers Infinity War Packs a Punch as It Breaks the Records for Domestic and Global Opening Weekend

By | May 1, 2018

Black Panther hit theaters back in February and has set all sorts of Box Office records thus far in its run, so perhaps it makes sense that if you add a bunch more superheroes in a movie with the Panther, then it would set even more records. Avengers: Infinity War opened this weekend and gives us Black Panther, Iron Man, Thor, Captain America, Black Widow, The Hulk, the Guardians of the Galaxy and plenty more and it has smashed opening weekend records for domestic and worldwide ticket sales. In the States, the film had a tally of $258 million which beat the previous record of $248 million held by Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Worldwide, Infinity War pulled in $641 million which stomped on the record $542 million tally held by Fate of the Furious for its global opening. And the Avengers film has not had its debut in China yet, so that is quite an accomplishment. Of course, it cost $320 million to make, so it still has a ways to go to turn a profit. But this one will certainly pull in well over a billion across the globe, so that should not be a concern.

Believe it or not, there were other films in the theaters this weekend as well, and some actually improved their standings despite the stiff competition from Avengers: Infinity War. A Quiet Place slipped only one slot in its fourth week and that one has brought in $236 million worldwide vs. a $17 million budget (you could make nineteen films like this for the same amount it cost to make the latest Avengers film), so it has proven quite profitable. Rampage slipped to Number 4 this week, but its performance overseas should get it in the black before it wraps up its theatrical run. Black Panther improved its ranking, moving from Number 8 to Number 5 for the weekend, which makes sense considering the synergies it has with Infinity War. Ready Player One slipped to the Number 9 slot in its fifth week, but its global tally of $545 million has already gotten it past the break even point. A Wrinkle in Time actually had a surprise improvement in its ranking this weekend, moving from Number 19 up to Number 13. But it is still at less than $100 million domestically and only at $126 worldwide vs. a $110 million budget, so that one will end up losing money for Disney. Pacific Rim Uprising slipped out of the Top 20 this week and has only amassed $288 million against a budget of $150 million, so that one will likely end its run in the red as well.

Avengers: Infinity War kicked off the Summer Blockbuster season and more sci fi and fantasy entries will follow in the coming weeks and months. You can see trailers for upcoming films below and you see our full Summer preview at this link.

Here are the sci fi and fantasy movies in the Box Office Top 20 for the weekend of April 27-29:

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

1 (n/a) Avengers: Infinity War, Week 1, $258M ($641M), $320M
2 (1) A Quiet Place, Week 4, $149M ($236M), $17M
4 (2) Rampage, Week 3, $78M ($335M), $120M
5 (8) Black Panther, Week 11, $688M ($1.33B), $200M
9 (6) Ready Player One, Week 5, $131M ($545M), $175M
13 (18) A Wrinkle in Time, Week 8, $95M ($126M), $110M

Dropped out of the Top 20:

32 (19) Pacific Rim Uprising, Week 6, $59M ($288M), $150M


Coming Soon

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

Deadpool 2
(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

Solo: A Star Wars Story
(May 25th Wide Release)

Board the Millennium Falcon and journey to a galaxy far, far away in Solo: A Star Wars Story, an all-new adventure with the most beloved scoundrel in the galaxy. Through a series of daring escapades deep within a dark and dangerous criminal underworld, Han Solo meets his mighty future copilot Chewbacca and encounters the notorious gambler Lando Calrissian, in a journey that will set the course of one of the Star Wars saga’s most unlikely heroes. RT

Credits: Ron Howard (Director), Lawrence Kasdan (Writer), Jon Kasdan (Writer)

Starring: Alden Ehrenreich, Woody Harrelson, Emilia Clarke, Donald Glover

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