Sci Fi Box Office: Upgrade Has Decent Debut, Solo Slumps, Avengers: Infinity War Approaches $2 Billion

By | June 5, 2018

Indy film Upgrade opened in about 1500 theaters domestically this weekend and landed in the Number 6 slot with a $4.7 million tally. That’s a decent start for that one which was made for about four to five million dollars and has it on target for about a $12 million gross in the States (it has not been released internationally yet). Solo: A Star Wars Story held at the Number 1 slot for the week, but its tally dropped by 65% from its opening weekend, and its earnings estimates have been adjusted down. Currently, Disney is expecting to take a hit of at least $50 million on that one, though it still doesn’t count as a complete disaster as I discussed in last week’s post. Meanwhile, Avengers: Infinity War slipped to Number 4, but inched nearer to the $2 billion mark. As of this weekend, it was about $35 million short of that threshold based on its worldwide gross and should pass it at some point during the week.

Deadpool 2 remained strong at Number 2 over the weekend and that one is now at nearly $600 million worldwide. The other superhero entry, Black Panther, slipped notable to Number 19 in its sixteenth week, but it has already done quite well with over $1.3 billion worldwide. A Wrinkle in Time slipped out of the Top 20 (again), and that one is likely on its way to home video where it will try to make up for the gap in its earnings during its theatrical run. Several of the Spring films are still hanging on in the Top 20 and you can see where they stand in the rankings below.

This weekend brings another sci fi indy with Hotel Artemis and you can see the trailer for that one and more upcoming releases below. Our full Summer preview of sci fi and fantasy movies is at this link.

Here are the sci fi and fantasy movies in the Box Office Top 20 for the weekend of June 1-3:

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

1 (1) Solo: A Star Wars Story, Week 2, $149M ($264M), $300M
2 (2) Deadpool 2, Week 3, $255M ($598M), $110M
4 (3) Avengers: Infinity War, Week 6, $643M ($1.97M), $320M
6 (n/a) Upgrade, Week 1, $5M ($5M), $4M
11 (9) A Quiet Place, Week 9, $184M ($317M), $17M
14 (11) Rampage, Week 8, $95M ($418M), $120M
18 (20) Ready Player One, Week 10, $136M ($580M), $175M
19 (14) Black Panther, Week 16, $699M ($1.35B), $200M

Dropped out of the Top 20:

29 (18) A Wrinkle in Time, Week 13, $98M ($130M), $110M


Coming Soon

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

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom
(June 22nd Wide Release)

With all of the wonder, adventure and thrills synonymous with one of the most popular and successful franchises in cinema history, this all-new motion-picture event sees the return of favorite characters and dinosaurs–along with new breeds more awe-inspiring and terrifying than ever before. RT

Credits: J.A. Bayona (Director), Colin Trevorrow (Writer), Derek Connolly (Writer)

Starring: Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, B. D. Wong, James Cromwell, Jeff Goldblum

The First Purge
(July 4th Wide Release)

Behind every tradition lies a revolution. Next Independence Day, witness the rise of our country’s 12 hours of annual lawlessness. Welcome to the movement that began as a simple experiment: The First Purge. To push the crime rate below one percent for the rest of the year, the New Founding Fathers of America (NFFA) test a sociological theory that vents aggression for one night in one isolated community. But when the violence of oppressors meets the rage of the marginalized, the contagion will explode from the trial-city borders and spread across the nation. RT

Credits: Gerard McMurray (Director), James DeMonaco (Writer)

Starring: Y’Lan Noel, Melonie Diaz, Joivan Wade, Luna Lauren Velez

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