Published: Tue, March 06, 2018
Global Media | By Derrick Guzman

Black Panther: $65 M snagged in just the third weekend

Black Panther: $65 M snagged in just the third weekend

BLACK Panther continued its record-setting romp over the weekend, passing the half-billion-dollar mark in only its third week out in North America as it stays on track to be one of the highest-grossing films ever, said industry analysts. Projections heading into the weekend indicated it would pass the domestic total of Avengers: Age of Ultron during its third frame, and Panther has now done more than that. The Marvel superhero movie made an estimated $67.5 million at the U.S. and Canadian box office this weekend, putting it firmly ahead of newcomers like Jennifer Lawrence's Red Sparrow and the new Bruce Willis movie Death Wish. Black Panther shows very little signs of slowing down in the domestic box office.

It will go down as one of the highest grossing Marvel standalone films of all time.

"Death Wish" debuted in third-place overall on the domestic charts, the film pulled-in over $13M across 2,847 locations.

From Fox and Chernin Entertainment, Red Sparrow beat Death Wish with an estimated $17 million from 3,056 theaters to place 2nd. Its global total has hit $69 million with six additional market releases coming up including China on March 16.

This film has already passed Finding Dory to be the tenth-biggest USA grosser of all time, with a final landing spot of between seventh place and fifth place by the time it coils up.

With Panther continuing its dominance, this week's new releases fought an uphill battle for ticket sales. Despite the lukewarm reception, the movie earned double than her last film "mother!" opening revenue and opened ahead of her sci-fi romance "Passengers (2016)" ($14 million).

Black Panther is now running in theaters worldwide. Critics bestowed the Eli Roth/Bruce Willis rehash of the 1974 Charles Bronson flick with a dire 15% on Rotten Tomatoes and a 31/100 on Metacritic. The film has just passed $20 million domestically. The money will also help centers open in Atlanta, GA; Baltimore, MD; Chicago, IL; Harlem, NY; Hartford, CT; Memphis, TN; New Orleans, LA; Orlando, FL; Philadelphia, PA; Washington, DC; and Watts, CA.

Outside the top five, Paramount's "Annihilation", which added 100 screens in secondary cities, is looking at a 54 percent drop off in its second weekend with an estimated $5.1 million.

Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle and The Greatest Showman both remain in the top ten during their eleventh weeks of release. Jumanji is approaching $400 million domestically while Showman is closing in on $165 million domestically.

Next week sees the release of A WRINKLE IN TIME.

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