After setting a number of opening records and delivering $291 million in its first week, Marvel Studios’ Black Panther crossed the $300 million mark on Friday with an estimated $28.9 million.
That’s a great start for the movie’s second weekend, as its likely to end up with $101 million or more over the next three days. Marvel’s latest is vying for the $103 million made by Marvel’s The Avengers in its second weekend six years ago to become the third-biggest second weekend, but either way, it will hold the record for a non-summer second weekend. That’s an important consideration since schools are still in session all across the country both yesterday and on Monday, unlike during the summer. Previous record there was held by last year’s Disney release Beauty and the Beast with $90 million.
The New Line comedy Game Night, starring Jason Bateman and Rachel McAdams, underperformed with an est. $5.6 million on Friday, including a million from Thursday night previews. That should be enough for it to take second place with between $15 and 16 million for the weekend.
Sony’s Peter Rabbit is likely to take third place with around $11 to 12 million after grossing around $2.9 million on Friday, and it’s looking to gross around $70 million total by Sunday.
Paramount’s sci-fi thriller Annihilation starring Natalie Portman grossed about $3.9 million on Friday (including $900k on Thursday night), and it’s going to be pushing for $10 million its opening weekend, which will likely put it in fourth place.
Edward Douglas | East Coast Editor