Published: Mon, March 19, 2018
Entertaiment | By Paul Elliott

'Black Panther' Leads Box Office for Fifth-Straight Weekend

'Black Panther' Leads Box Office for Fifth-Straight Weekend

This is the first time a motion picture has held the top spot since Jame Cameron's Avatar which dominated for seven weeks in 2009.

No movie yet has stopped the "Black Panther" juggernaut. This weekend's new total puts it in seventh place right between The Dark Knight and Star Wars: The Last Jedi.

Worldwide, Black Panther has now amassed a might $1.182 billion, overtaking Captain America: Civil War ($1.153 billion) to become Marvel's fourth biggest movie of all time behind Iron Man 3 ($1.214 billion), Avengers: Age of Ultron ($1.405 billion) and The Avengers ($1.519 billion). By the end of its run, it could possibly surpass Jurassic World and Titanic to move into third (all pre-inflation, of course).

Though the Lara Croft reboot starring Alicia Vikander beat out "Black Panther" on Friday by taking in $9 million over the $7.5 million by "Panther", the weekend proved to favor the box office champ. "Tomb Raider" was no. 1 overseas, grossing $84.5 million, including a $41.1 million in China. The $90 million film opened with $23.5 million, largely failing to stir much excitement among moviegoers. The Marvel movie earned another $27 million for its fifth straight week at No. 1, leaving "Tomb Raider" to settle for second place. Whereas "I Can Only Imagine" catered to the suburbs, "Love, Simon" thrived mainly in urban areas. Graham King is the producer; production companies are Warner Bros., MGM, GK Films and Square Enix.

Lionsgate-Roadside Attractions' faith-based drama I Can Only Imagine outperformed forecasts with US$17.1 million at 1,629 venues.

The overall box office took in about US$130 million, down 50 per cent from the same weekend previous year when Disney's Beauty and the Beast opened with US$174.5 million. Wrinkle dropped 50% to earn a mild $16.5 million, bringing its ten-day total to a so-so $61 million so far.

Gay teen romance Love, Simon debuted with $11.5 million to come in fifth.

Yet last week, "Black Panther" even bested Disney's own "A Wrinkle in Time", Ava DuVernay's adaptation of Madeleine L'Engle's 1962 novel of the same name.

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