|Film||Weekend||Opening Weekend||Current Gross|
|Black Panther (Marvel/Disney)||$111.7m||$202m||$403.6m|
|Game Night (New Line/WB)||$17m||$17m||$17m|
|Peter Rabbit (Sony)||$12.8m||$25m||$71.5m|
|Fifty Shades Freed (Universal)||$7.1m||$38.6m||$89.8m|
What an amazing weekend Marvel Studios’ Black Panther had after its already astounding $242 million four-day opening. One normally expects a movie that opened so big over a holiday weekend to have a sizable drop in its second weekend, but having received a very rare “A+” CinemaScore, Black Panther benefitted from the word-of-mouth and added $111.7 million, bringing its domestic total past the $400 million mark in just ten days. (Disney originally low-balled their weekend estimate with $108 million.)
That $111.7 million it made this weekend (down 45%) gives Black Panther the second-biggest second weekend ever after Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ $149 million in Dec. 2015. Marvel’s latest blockbuster is likely to end up with the third-highest third weekend only because Avatar had the benefits of a holiday weekend, but the Marvel movie has already surpassed the $395.6 million grossed by Star Wars: The Last Jedi‘s at the end of its second weekend, which included Christmas Day.
Black Panther has also already grossed more than Disney’s animated Frozen, which took 23 weeks to gross $400 million, and it’s already Marvel Studios’ fifth highest-grossing movie, though it should surpass Iron Man 3 and Captain America: Civil War any day now. The $459 million grossed by Avengers: Age of Ultron should be doable by next weekend. You can read some analysis I did of Black Panther‘s future box office projects right here.
Overseas, Black Panther grossed another $83 million in 55 territories where it mostly remained #1, bringing its international total to $304 million with a global cume of $704 million. $15 million of the film’s global weekend came from 731 IMAX theaters with $9 million of that from domestic IMAX screens, which accounts for $36 million of Black Panther‘s global IMAX total of $50 million. The UK has grossed the most of the international markets with $41.2 million, and we’ll have to see how the film fares in Japan when it opens there on Friday and in China, where it opens on March 9.
Undaunted by the insurmountable blockbuster already in theaters, New Line released the dark R-rated comedy Game Night, starring Jason Bateman and Rachel McAdams, into 3,488 where it grossed $17 million over the weekend after an opening day of $5.6 million (including a million from Thursday previews). That’s generally in the range where the comedy directed by Jonathan Goldstein and John Francis Daley was expected to gross, maybe a little lower. The comedy scored a “B+,” which isn’t great but also isn’t awful, and the movie should be good to make $50 to 60 million total.
Sony’s Peter Rabbit took third place with $12.8 million in its third weekend, down 27% from the holiday weekend with $71.5 million total gross.
Paramount released Alex Garland’s sci-thriller Annihilation, based on the Southern Reach trilogy by Jeff VanderMeer, into 2,012 theaters on Friday after Thursday previews. Starring Natalie Portman, Oscar Isaac, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Tessa Thompson and Gina Rodriguez, the well-reviewed film grossed $3.9 million Friday (including $900k on Thursday), and it took third place with an estimated $11.1 million. Annihilation‘s “C” CinemaScore is quite bad, on par with Alexander Payne’s Downsizing back in Dec., but it’s better than the “F” and “D-” scores for Paramount’s other fall 2017 releases mother! and Suburbicon.
Universal’s Fifty Shades Freed took another deep plunge, down 59% in its third weekend, to take fifth place with $7.1million and $89.8 million total. The movie has done significantly better overseas, grossing $230.8 million and making its global total $320.4 million total.
Sony’s own blockbuster Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle dropped to sixth place with $5.6 million, a similar drop as Peter Rabbit with the Dwayne Johnson-Kevin Hart starrer having grossed $387.2 million. That’s right. Black Panther has grossed more in ten days then the holiday hit has grossed in ten weeks.
Clint Eastwood’s The 15:17 to Paris and Hugh Jackman’s The Greatest Showman took seventh and eighth place respectively with around $3.5 million each. Having surpassed his 2012 musical Les Miserables, The Greatest Showman is now Jackman’s second highest-grossing non-Wolverine movie with $160.7 million. (The animated Happy Feet grossed $198 million in 2006.)
Opening in just 1,667 theaters on Friday, Orion Pictures’ romantic drama Every Day grossed an est. $3 million over the weekend, less than $2,000 per theater, as it settled for a ninth place opening. Every Day‘s “B+” CinemaScore is on par with Game Night, so word-of-mouth should be good even if it’s going to be tough to hold onto screens with higher profile releases in March.
The Chinese film Operation Red Sea was released by Well Go USA into 45 theaters where it grossed an estimated $436k over the weekend, roughly $10,000 per theater. It grossed $6 million on IMAX screens in China, bringing its IMAX total to $15.4 million after the country’s amazing Lunar New Year week at the box office.
(Source: boxofficemojo.com. Figures represent estimated numbers at time of writing, and they may change.)
Edward Douglas | East Coast Editor