By Kate Ward
Updated March 14, 2011 at 10:50 PM EDT

Despite some pretty harsh reviews, Battle: Los Angeles picked up $36 million this weekend, crushing the competition to nab the No. 1 spot at the box office. Which, of course, means one thing: Sci-fi/alien flicks aren’t going anywhere. Indeed, Battle: Los Angeles proved that Hollywood was an attractive place for aliens (on-screen and off-screen), and sci-fi’s spot in theaters was further cemented today, with the green light given to two notable projects: First, sources confirmed to EW reports that Fox has acquired an untitled, hush-hush sci-fi pitch produced by McG (Terminator Salvation). Though McG has only signed on as producer of the “large-scale” project, he’s considering directing as well, sources say. No other details are known about the project.

Sony Pictures is also getting in on the sci-fi action, picking up Agent OX, an alien invasion spec penned by Daniel Kunka, Variety reports. And the studio is likely hoping to find the same success as Battle: Los Angeles: Set to produce Agent OX — about an Earthling who spies on aliens preparing to invade his home — is none other than Neal Moritz, a producer behind this weekend’s box office winner. Looks like sci-fi won’t be alienated by Hollywood anytime soon.

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