- With an estimated $US27.02 million, “Black Panther” won the box office for a fifth-straight weekend.
- It’s the first movie to pull that off since 2009’s “Avatar.”
- “Black Panther” is projected to earn $US461 million in profit after its theatrical run and all ancillaries are through.
Disney/Marvel’s “Black Panther” has hit another box office milestone.
Winning the domestic box office this weekend with an estimated $US27.02 million, according to boxofficepro, it marks the movie’s fifth-straight week atop at No. 1. It’s the first time a movie has pulled off that feat since the 2009 box office sensation, “Avatar.”
It’s also the first-ever comic book movie to do it.
The “Black Panther” totals are astounding: $US605.4 million domestically, over $US1.1 billion worldwide.
When the $US200 million-budgeted movie is through with its theatrical and ancillary run, it’s projected to have an estimated profit of a whopping $US461 million, according to Deadline. That’s more than previous Marvel hits “Avengers: Age of Ultron ($US382.3 million) and “Captain America: Civil War” ($US193.4 million).
“Black Panther” has done this by completely destroying Hollywood’s previous box office theories.
Movies released in February have always been considered to be a dumping ground for studios’ projected poor performers: “Black Panther” proved that a hit movie can thrive in the first quarter of the year.
Urban audiences are thought to not be moviegoers. Wrong. Close to 40% of the movie’s domestic box office is from African-Americans.
And China, the second-largest movie market in the world, is still a guessing game for Hollywood in what will play well there and what won’t. Turns out “Black Panther” works. The movie has already earned over $US66 million there – out-grossing the “Star Wars” movies that have played there (“The Last Jedi” earned $US42.5 million in the Middle Kingdom) and on pace to be one of the top Marvel Cinematic Universe titles released in China.
Now the question is: What movie will dethrone “Black Panther”?
Warner Bros./MGM’s Tomb Raider” tried and failed this weekend. Though the Lara Croft reboot starring Alicia Vikander beat out “Black Panther” on Friday by taking in $US9 million over the $US7.5 million by “Panther,” the weekend proved to favour the box office champ.
“Tomb Raider” finished in second with $US23 million.
Up next to take on “Black Panther” will be Universal’s “Pacific Rim Uprising.”
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