Sci Fi Box Office: Avengers Infinity War is Already at One Billion Worldwide

By | May 8, 2018

Avengers: Infinity War remained firmly atop the Box Office this weekend as expected and became the second fastest movie to reach the $650 million domestically, behind only Star Wars: The Force Awakens.  Across the globe, the film was also at Number 1 in every country where it has been released and it has surpassed the $1 billion mark after eleven days, faster than any other movie (and it hasn’t been released in China yet).  Its hefty $320 million production costs have already been accounted for, and this film is now adding nicely to Disney’s bottom line.  Not quite so successful this weekend was new release Bad Samaritan.  That horror thriller may not quite count as a sci fi entry, but I included it because it comes from Dean Devlin (Stargate, Independence Day) and stars David Tennant.  It managed only $1.7 million for its debut weekend and landed at the Number 11 slot.  It had a pretty poor average tally per theater and will likely drop out of the Top 20 pretty quickly.

A Quiet Place slipped one notch to the Number 3 slot, and that one is already quite profitable with a world wide tally of $255 million so far vs. only a $17 million budget.  Rampage slipped to Number 5 in its fourth week and continues to track toward a $100 million gross in its domestic run.  With $279 million worldwide so far, it is on track to at least hit the break-even point before exiting the theaters.  Black Panther remained in the Top 10 another week (at the Number 7 slot) as that one also adds to Disney’s bottom line with $1.3 billion worldwide after twelve weeks vs. a $200 million budget.  Ready Player One Slipped to Number 12 this past weekend, but with a worldwide tally of $566 million it should be in the black at this point in its theatrical run.  A Wrinkle in Time is still holding on in the Top 20 in its eighth week, but with only $95 million domestically and not much more from the foreign Box Office, that one remains well in the red.  Not to worry, though, Disney’s Marvel movies are picking up the slack.

This coming weekend brings the limited release High Power, but after that we get our next Summer blockbuster with Deadpool 2.  You can see trailers for upcoming releases below and you can 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 May 4-6:

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

1 (2) Avengers: Infinity War, Week 1, $453M ($1.17M), $320M
3 (2) A Quiet Place, Week 5, $160M ($255M), $17M
5 (4) Rampage, Week 4, $86M ($279M), $120M
7 (5) Black Panther, Week 12, $693M ($1.34B), $200M
11 (n/a) Bad Samaritan, Week 1, $2M ($2M), n/a
12 (9) Ready Player One, Week 6, $133M ($566M), $175M
18 (13) A Wrinkle in Time, Week 8, $95M ($127M), $110M


Coming Soon

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

(June 1st Limited Release)

After his wife is killed during a brutal mugging that also leaves him paralyzed, Grey Trace is approached by a billionaire inventor with an experimental cure that will “upgrade” his body. The cure – an Artificial Intelligence implant called STEM – gives Grey physical abilities beyond anything experienced and the ability to relentlessly claim vengeance against those who murdered his wife and left him for dead. RT

Credits: Leigh Whannell (Writer / Director)

Starring: Logan Marshall-Green, Betty Gabriel, Harrison Gilbertson, Benedict Hardie

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