“Black Panther” Aiming for an Easy 5th Weekend at #1 Over “Tomb Raider”


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Well, it’s official. Marvel Studios’ Black Panther will achieve a couple more milestones this weekend that very few movies have achieved, including a fifth weekend at #1 and crossing the $600 million mark.

The Ryan Coogler-directed film grossed an est. $7.5 million on Friday, which means it could take in somewhere between $28 and 30 million in its fifth weekend at #1 as it becomes the seventh movie ever to gross $600 million domestically. It will remain the seventh-highest grossing movie domestically, just behind Lucasfilm’s Star Wars: the Last Jedi’s $619 million gross, but it’s likely to surpass the movie sometime next week, gunning for Marvel’s The Avengers‘ $623 million.

Tomb Raider actually came out ahead on Friday with an estimated $9 million, including the $2.1 million it grossed in Thursday previews, but it might have a tough time reaching $25 million this weekend, since it’s likely to be frontloaded. So much for that franchise.

Ava DuVernay’s A Wrinkle in Time grossed $4.6 million on Friday, which is setting up for a second weekend in the $17 to 19 million range, depending on how much of a weekend bump it gets with its family-friendly PG rating.

Greg Berlanti’s gay coming-of-age rom-com Love, Simon took in $4.6 million on Friday including $850k from Thursday, which is a decent start for the Fox release, which could end up somewhere in the $13 to 15 million range its opening weekend.

It’s likely to end up behind Lionsgate-Roadside Attractions’ surprise breakout hit I Can Only Imagine, a faith-based drama about the MercyMe singer who wrote the song of the same name. Despite playing in less than 2,000 theaters, the movie grossed a whopping $6.2 million on Friday, but that includes the equally impressive $1.3 million in Thursday previews. It’s hard to determine where it will end up for the weekend, but it could end up somewhere between $14 and 17 million, which should be enough for a shocking fourth place.

Even more amazing is that BOTH Love, Simon and I Can Only Imagine received that ultra-rare “A+” CinemaScore that has helped Black Panther generate so much positive word-of-mouth business after its record opening.

New Line’s R-rated comedy Game Night crossed the $50 million mark with the $1.7 million it grossed on Friday, which is pointing to a fourth weekend in the $5 to 6 million range, but it will be fighting against Sony’s hit family film Peter Rabbit for sixth place.

Check back on Monday morning for my full box office report on the weekend.

  | East Coast Editor

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