Black Panther Tops Box Office; Near A Billion


The fact that Jennifer Lawrence's RED SPARROW couldn't crack $20 million at the weekend box office is not so much an indictment of the film or her star power, but more of a testament to the staying power of Marvel's BLACK PANTHER. The latest Marvel superhero flick raked in an estimated $65.7 million, which is the third-biggest third weekend of all time, behind "Avatar" ($69 million in 2010) and "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" ($90 million in 2016). Along with a massive $122 million weekend gross overseas, Black Panther has now reached $897.7 million at the worldwide box office.

A spy thriller from Fox, "Red Sparrow", opened this weekend with $17 million in sales. This weekend pushed "Black Panther" past the $501M mark domestically, just three-weeks after the film's debut.

In second place is Fox/Chernin's "Red Sparrow", which is opening to a disappointing $17 million from 3,056 screens. "Death Wish", a remake of the 1974 revenge thriller starring Bruce Willis, opened to approximately $13 million and placed third. The decline for T'Challa this weekend was only 41%.

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The film made an estimated $16.5 million on Friday and $30.4 million on Saturday, according to Deadline. Black Panther shows very little signs of slowing down in the domestic box office. The movie isn't entirely black however Andy Serkis and Martin Freeman both play an essential role in the film's story. The movie is just shy of passing 2017's Beauty and the Beast ($504 million). What is better still is that Director Ryan Coogler and his co-writer Joe Robert Cole do not shy away from this discussion, but go as far as to make it an integral part of the movie's dialogue. Reviews were mixed and audiences were ok on the R-rated film with the CinemaScore grade being a B. The performance was almost even with Charlize Theron's Atomic Blonde which bowed to $18.3M last July with a nearly identical average.

Paramount's second weekend of Annihilation finished in sixth with US$5.7 million at 2,112 venues, followed by Sony's 11th weekend of its sturdy action comedy Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle with US$4.5 million at 2,313 sites.

That means the spinoff is now ahead of The Dark Knight Rises at the domestic box office. After ten days, Game Night has scored $33.5 million so far and could finish with a tidy $55 million by the end of its run.