Published: Tue, March 20, 2018
Life&Culture | By Ben Goodman

Black Panther reigns over the box office for fifth weekend with $27m

Black Panther reigns over the box office for fifth weekend with $27m

There is no stopping Marvel's Black Panther. "I remember my mom was talking to me in the auto, like two years before this even happened-like 'you're going to get an audition for [Black Panther], Seth.' Me and my dad were in the vehicle like 'Okay, mom, whatever, '" he explained on the red carpet on the Black Panther premiere.

Taking the No. 2 spot this week with a subpar US debut is "Tomb Raider", bringing in an estimated $23.5 million.

The blockbuster grossed $27 million in ticket sales over the weekend, pushing its domestic haul to $605.4 million and its global haul to more than $1.1 billion, according to studio estimates on Sunday. This weekend, it will get released in the US, China, and many other overseas markets. Before "Avatar", the last film to do it was 1999′s "The Sixth Sense".

"Black Panther" has also gone on to become only the seventh film ever, in all categories, to record $600 million in ticket sales in North America. The $90 million film opened with $23.5 million, largely failing to stir much excitement among moviegoers.

Jeff Goldstein, distribution chief for Warner Bros., said "Tomb Raider" came close to studio expectations in North America but that worldwide ticket sales were a primary focus.

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Of course, the continuing success of "Black Panther" also didn't help "Tomb Raider".

Black Panther is the No. 2 superhero film release of all time, behind The Dark Knight.

Disney's second weekend of time-travel adventure "A Wrinkle in Time" followed in fourth with $16.6 million at 3,980 locations, lifting its 10-day total to $61.1 million. This faith-based film only cost $7 million to produce, making this debut a blessing from on high.

Last but not least this weekend is "I Can Only Imagine", bringing in a better-than-expected $17 million in its first week out.

Playing to a virtually opposite audience was 20th Century Fox's "Love, Simon", the first film from a major Hollywood studio featuring a gay teen protagonist.

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