Sci Fi Box Office: The Marvel Movies Continue Their Conquest of the World

By | May 15, 2018

Another week, another milestone for a Marvel movie, continuing thirteen weeks back when Black Panther began the Marvel conquest of the Box Office which has yet to subside. This past weekend, Avengers: Infinity War passed half a billion domestically and also become the first superhero film to pass one billion dollars at the international Box Office (next closest is Avengers: Age of Ultron which topped out a $946 million overseas). The film opened in China over the weekend which added $200 million to its foreign tally to bring it to a total of $1.06 billion after only three weeks. Its full global tally was $1.61 billion (you can read the rundown of the the milestones it passed over the weekend at this link). Meanwhile, Black Panther remained in the Top 10 for a thirteenth week in a row, and this is now three weeks in a row that there have been two Marvel movies in the domestic Top 10. Black Panther has amassed $1.34 million in receipts worldwide which should make it quite profitable vs. its $200 million budget.

There were a few other genre films in theaters this weekend, believe it or not, and they actually made some money despite the stiff competition from the superheroes. A Quiet Place slipped to Number 5 in its sixth week, but that one has already made a nice profit with a worldwide tally of $270 million vs. its $17 million budget. Rampage slipped to Number 7 and is still below $100 million in the domestic market. But it has made nearly $400 million worldwide, so it should be turning a profit before Hollywood Accounting is factored in. A Wrinkle in Time continues to hang around the Top 20 and actually improved its ranking by seven slots as it move up to Number 11. But it is still under $100 million in the States with only an additional $30 million internationally and will need to shoot for home video to turn a profit. Ready Player One slipped to the Number 16 slot, but it is approaching $600 million worldwide and should end its theatrical run in the black. Bad Samaritan slipped to Number 18 in its second week and will almost certainly be out of site by next week as that one has only managed to pull in $3 million over two weeks.

This Friday, Deadpool 2 will give the Avengers a run for the top slot at this Box Office. You can see the trailer for that one and more 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 11-13:

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

1 (1) Avengers: Infinity War, Week 3, $548M ($1.61M), $320M
5 (3) A Quiet Place, Week 6, $170M ($270M), $17M
7 (5) Rampage, Week 5, $89M ($398M), $120M
9 (7) Black Panther, Week 13, $696M ($1.34B), $200M
11 (18) A Wrinkle in Time, Week 10, $97M ($128M), $110M
16 (12) Ready Player One, Week 7, $135M ($574M), $175M
18 (11) Bad Samaritan, Week 2, $3M ($3M), n/a


Coming Soon

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

Hotel Artemis
(June 8th Limited Release)

Set in riot-torn, near-future Los Angeles, HOTEL ARTEMIS is an original, high-octane action-thriller starring Jodie Foster as The Nurse, who runs a secret, members-only hospital for criminals. RT

Credits: Drew Pearce (Writer / Director)

Starring: Jodie Foster, Sterling K. Brown, Sofia Boutella, Jeff Goldblum, Zachary Quinto

(June 8th Limited Release)

When Ellen, the matriarch of the Graham family, passes away, her daughter’s family begins to unravel cryptic and increasingly terrifying secrets about their ancestry. The more they discover, the more they find themselves trying to outrun the sinister fate they seem to have inherited. RT

Credits: Ari Aster (Writer / Director)

Starring: Toni Collette, Gabriel Byrne, Alex Wolff, Milly Shapiro

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