Sci Fi Box Office: Hereditary Opens Strong, Hotel Artemis Not Doing Good Business

By | June 12, 2018

Two indy genre films opened at the Box Office this weekend with one doing quite well while the other failed to draw much interest. The horror film Hereditary opened in the Number 4 slot with with a $14 million domestic tally and $17 million worldwide. That may seem pretty small compared to the opening weekends of blockbusters like Avengers: Infinity War and Deadpool 2, but with Hereditary only have a budget of $10 million, it is on track to turn a nice profit during its theatrical run. Not doing quite as well, despite a strong promotional push, was the sci fi crime drama Hotel Artemis which landed at Number 8 and only managed $3 million in the States with no presence in the international market yet. With a $15 million budget and a poor start, that one will almost certainly end in the red and it will likely disappear from theaters pretty quickly. But since it did not have the production costs of a typical Summer Blockbuster ($100 million plus), this one can likely make up the gap in home video, especially it it establishes cult status which appears to be what the adds were going for. Last week’s indy release Upgrade held up pretty well in its second weekend as it slipped a few slots to Number 9 and has now pulled in $9 million in receipts vs. a $4 million budget.

As for the mega-dollar Summer films, Solo: A Star Wars Story slipped out of the top slot after two weeks in that position and currently stands at $313 million worldwide. But that one will end up losing money during its theatrical run. Deadpool 2 slipped to Number 3 in its fourth week, but it is doing quite with with $656 million worldwide vs. a $110 million budget. I thought that Avengers: Infinity War would have passed the $2 billion mark by the end of the week, but it was about half a million short with $1,999,471,778. Expect that one to cross the history making point at any time now. A Quiet Place and Rampage slipped further down in the Top 20 while Ready Player One and Black Panther slipped out as the last of the Spring movies are fading at this point in June. All of those, especially BP in its 17th week, have proven quite profitable.

After a couple of weeks of indy releases, were are back to the Summer Blockbusters with The Incredibles 2 coming out this weekend followed by Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom the next weekend. You can see trailer for those below and 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 8-10:

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

2 (1) Solo: A Star Wars Story, Week 3, $177M ($313M), $300M
3 (2) Deadpool 2, Week 4, $279M ($656M), $110M
4 (n/a) Hereditary, Week 1, $14M ($17M), $10M
5 (4) Avengers: Infinity War, Week 7, $655M ($2.0M), $320M
8 (n/a) Hotel Artemis, Week 1, $3M ($3M), $15M
9 (6) Upgrade, Week 2, $9M ($9M), $4M
13 (11) A Quiet Place, Week 11, $186M ($324M), $17M
18 (14) Rampage, Week 9, $96M ($420M), $120M

Dropped out of the Top 20:

21 (18) Ready Player One, Week 11, $136M ($581M), $175M
25 (19) Black Panther, Week 17, $699M ($1.35B), $200M


Coming Soon

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

Ant-Man and the Wasp
(July 6th Wide Release)

From the Marvel Cinematic Universe comes a new chapter featuring heroes with the astonishing ability to shrink: “Ant-Man and The Wasp.” In the aftermath of “Captain America: Civil War,” Scott Lang (Rudd) grapples with the consequences of his choices as both a Super Hero and a father. As he struggles to rebalance his home life with his responsibilities as Ant-Man, he’s confronted by Hope van Dyne (Lilly) and Dr. Hank Pym (Douglas) with an urgent new mission. Scott must once again put on the suit and learn to fight alongside The Wasp as the team works together to uncover secrets from their past. RT

Credits: Peyton Reed (Director), Andrew Barrer (Writer), Gabriel Ferrari (Writer)

Starring: Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lilly, Michael Peña, Walton Goggins, Michael Douglas

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