'Black Panther' tops box office for 5th straight weekend

by Dwayne Torres March 20, 2018, 3:15
'Black Panther' tops box office for 5th straight weekend

Chadwick Boseman's superhero film Black Panther has turned out to be a huge money-spinner at the global box office. With "Black Panther" still showing in its fifth weekend, though, the Marvel movie still came out on top - an wonderful feat only matched by "Avatar".

The Ryan Coogler-directed superhero blockbuster is the seventh film to pass $600 million domestically after Star Wars: The Last Jedi ($619 million), The Avengers ($623 million), Jurassic World ($652 million), Titanic ($658 million), Avatar ($760 million) and Star Wars: The Force Awakens ($937 million). "Black Panther" has grossed $521 million domestically, making it the ninth-highest release of all time.

The previous films to win five straight weekends in the past 20 years are 2009's "Avatar" and 1999's "The Sixth Sense".

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Warner Bros.' "Tomb Raider" opened in second place with an estimated 23.52 million dollars this weekend. And its figure is still above both the original long-range and the week-of forecasts (but not the February update on its tracking), per Box Office Pro. The film earned $11.5 million from 2,402 theaters, an average of $4,788. The film based on the popular novel was right around expectations and I'm predicting a $30-$40 million domestic gross. "I Can Only Imagine" is a song of the band and the the best-selling Christian single of all time. It's really no surprise these movies do well.

Fox Searchlight's Oscar victor "The Shape of Water" also launched in China this weekend with $10.4 million following its best-picture win. The film stars Nick Robinson in what would be a classic love story - except that it is the first romantic comedy from a mainstream studio to be told from a gay teen's perspective. The movie also managed to receive a ideal 'A+' grade from opening night moviegoers via CinemaScore polling, so it ought to have legs and also should prove to be quite popular over time. Made for $17 million, Love, Simon received an A+ CinemaScore. That's very sad if true. The film has not had much competition as far as new movie releases, though the numbers are still incredible.

All non-forecast box office figures via Box Office Mojo.

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