Sci Fi Box Office: Deadpool 2 Beats the Avengers Out of the Top Spot

By | May 22, 2018

Marvel comic book characters continued to dominated the Box Office this past weekend, but not one of the Marvel Universe entries. Deadpool returned for his second film, and he is part of the group that FOX owns the rights to which includes The X-Men (but Disney is in the process of buying them out and will be buying you and me pretty soon as well). Deadpool 2 kicked Avengers: Infinity War out of the top spot taking in $126 million domestically for its opening weekend. That is a little less than the $132 million opening the first Deadpool film had, but with an additional $174 million from overseas, the sequel is already right at the break even point after its first weekend with a global tally of $300 million vs a $110 million budget. As for the Avengers, that one slipped to the Number 2 slot, but it is approaching $600 million it domestic receipts and looks to be on target to break $2 billion worldwide.

A Quiet Place slipped to the Number 8 slot, but with nearly $300 million worldwide vs. a minuscule $17 million budget, that one has turned quite a profit at this point. Rampage slipped only two slots to Number 9 despite stiff competition and has pulled in over $400 million across the globe, so it should count as a money-maker before Hollywood Accounting is factored in. Black Panther slipped to Number 13, which is the first time that it has been out of the Top 10 since debuting in theaters back in February. That one has pulled in a hefty amount of receipts, though, with $1.3 million worldwide so far. Ready Player One slipped to Number 18 in its eighth week, but it should be in the black at this point with $577 million worldwide vs. a $175 million budget. Slipping out of the Top 20, A Wrinkle in Time dropped to Number 25 in its eleventh week and will end its theatrical run in the red. Bad Samaritan slipped all the way to Number 53 in its third week and will be counted as a flop.

This weekend, Solo: A Star Wars Story soars into theaters and may break Marvel’s lock on the top spot at the 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.  Note that next week’s Sci Fi Box Office post will go up on Wednesday because the final numbers will not be available until late Tuesday due to the Memorial Day holiday.

Here are the sci fi and fantasy movies in the Box Office Top 20 for the weekend of May 18-20:

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

1 (n/a) Deadpool 2, Week 1, $126M ($300M), $110M
2 (1) Avengers: Infinity War, Week 4, $596M ($1.82M), $320M
8 (5) A Quiet Place, Week 7, $176M ($296M), $17M
9 (7) Rampage, Week 6, $93M ($407M), $120M
13 (9) Black Panther, Week 14, $698M ($1.34B), $200M
18 (16) Ready Player One, Week 8, $135M ($577M), $175M

Dropped Out of the Top 20

25 (11) A Wrinkle in Time, Week 11, $97M ($129M), $110M
53 (18) Bad Samaritan, Week 3, $3M ($3M), n/a


Coming Soon

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

The Incredibles 2
(June 15th Wide Release)

Everyone’s favorite family of superheroes is back in “Incredibles 2”–but this time Helen (voice of Holly Hunter) is in the spotlight, leaving Bob (voice of Craig T. Nelson) at home with Violet (voice of Sarah Vowell) and Dash (voice of Huck Milner) to navigate the day-to-day heroics of “normal” life. It’s a tough transistion for everyone, made tougher by the fact that the family is still unaware of baby Jack-Jack’s emerging superpowers. When a new villain hatches a brilliant and dangerous plot, the family and Frozone (voice of Samuel L. Jackson) must find a way to work together again–which is easier said than done, even when they’re all Incredible. RT

Credits: Brad Bird (Writer / Director)

Starring: Holly Hunter, Craig T. Nelson, Sarah Vowell, Huck Milner, Samuel L. Jackson

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