“Black Panther” Hits $500 Million, Leaving All Others in the Dust

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Film  Weekend Opening Weekend Current Gross
Black Panther (Marvel/Disney) $66.3m $202m $501.7m
Red Sparrow (20th Century Fox) $16.9m $16.9m $16.9m
Death Wish (MGM) $13m $13m $13m
Game Night (New Line/WB) $10.4m $17m $33.2m
Peter Rabbit (Sony) $10m $25m $84.1m

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Marvel Studios’ Black Panther continued its amazing run at the box office, not only remaining #1 for a third weekend in a row but becoming only the tenth movie to cross the $500 million domestically… and it did that in just 17 days, something that’s only been done by three other movies.

The success of Ryan Coogler’s ground-breaking superhero film starring Chadwick Boseman continues to be the big story at the box office, as it grossed another $66.3 million in its third weekend, which is the third largest third weekend after Star Wars: The Force Awakens ($90.2 million) and Avatar ($68.5 million).

Black Panther is officially the third-fastest movie to gross $500 million after Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Star Wars: The Last Jedi, and Disney now is responsible for six of the ten movies to achieve that benchmark. Black Panther is also Marvel’s second-highest grossing movie, and once it passes Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight later this week, it will be the second highest-grossing superhero movie ever. It’s highly likely it will pass Marvel’s The Avengers’ $623 million gross as well. If you think about how many Batman and Spider-Man comics and movies and cartoons there have been over the years compared to Black Panther comics, cartoons and movies, that’s pretty amazing.

Overseas, T’Challa made another $56.2 million, bringing its international total to $396.6 million and global cume to $897.7 million, which is nowhere close to any records, but remember, that it’s only Week 3 for the blockbuster hit. $65.6 million of that amount was made on the hundreds of IMAX screens on which it was playing worldwide, and Black Panther made another $4.5 million domestically on IMAX screens this weekend.

For the second weekend in a row, two new movies underperformed, and arguably, both new movies had much bigger starpower than Black Panther.

Jennifer Lawrence reteamed with her Hunger Games director Francis Lawrence for Red Sparrow, a spy thriller based on Jason Matthews’ novel that 20th Century Fox opened in 3,056 theaters after previews Thursday night. Red Sparrow brought in $1.2 million on Thursday that was compiled into the movie’s $6 million opening day. As of Sunday, the Lawrence film, which co-stars Joel Edgerton, has grossed just under $17 million which is on the low end of projections.

Red Sparrow‘s “B” CinemaScore isn’t great and doesn’t point to the movie having huge legs against stronger March fare, but it should be good for around $50 million and probably will do even better overseas.

Bruce Willis returned in his first wide theatrical release in over two years with MGM’s remake of Death Wish, directed by Hostel helmer Eli Roth.  It opened in 2,847 theaters on Friday, and though it only made $650k in Thursday previews — about half what Red Sparrow did in Thursday previews — business picked up on Friday with $4.2 million adding up to an est. $13 million for the weekend for third place. Surprisingly, Death Wish also received a higher CinemaScore than Red Sparrow with a “B+” even though reviews were considerably worse.

New Line’s R-rated comedy Game Night, starring Jason Bateman and Rachel McAdams, dropped to fourth place with roughly $10.4 million, down just 39% in its second weekend to bring its domestic total to $33.2 million.

Sony’s family film Peter Rabbit, the only PG movie in the top 5, continues to do well with another $10 million this weekend (down 22%) to bring its total North American gross to  $84.1 million.

Natalie Portman’s sci-fi-thriller Annihilation didn’t hold up as well, dropping 49% in its second weekend to $5.6 million for sixth place. The Alex Garland film has grossed just $20.6 million domestically, and with no international theatrical release planned — the movie will stream on Netflix overseas — it’s likely to be another one for the Paramount loss column despite costing just $40 million to make.

Sony’s other PG offering Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle continues to be a big hit for all involved as it edges closer to $400 million with another $4.4 million in seventh place. With $393.1 million grossed domestically and another $535 million overseas, Jumanji is showing staying power usually reserved for Oscar-nominated films.

The top 10 was filled out by Universal’s Fifty Shades Freed with $95.7 million grossed domestically so far, Fox’s The Greatest Showman ending its 11-week run with $164.6 million and last week’s Every Day in tenth place.

The only significant limited release was Samuel Maoz’s Israeli drama Foxtrot, released by Sony Pictures Classics into four theaters in New York and L.A. It was doubly hurt by not receiving an Oscar nomination and then being released over Oscar weekend where it grossed just $31.6k or $8,000 per theater.

Check back later this evening for updated numbers and then come back Thursday for my preview of the weekend ahead where five movies will try to make a mark not only against Black Panther with Disney’s A Wrinkle in Time being the strongest contender.

(Source: boxofficemojo.com. Figures represent estimated numbers at time of writing, and they may change.)

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