Black Panther reigns over the box office for fifth weekend with $27m


Despite taking second place on Friday, "Black Panther" ended up winning the overall USA weekend box office race. The movie debuted to $17.1-M from 1,628 cinemas to beat A Wrinkle of Time and Love, Simon in a surprise upset.

A fifth weekend of "Black Panther" domination was bad news for "Tomb Raider", with the Alicia Vikander-starring reboot of the video game-inspired franchise bringing in a relatively paltry $23.5 million in its opening weekend. With the Disney duo "Black Panther" and "A Wrinkle in Time" still performing well in theaters, it's not an easy weekend to be a new release, and it's not going to get any easier next weekend.

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Disney-Marvel's "Black Panther", which opened with a leading $66 million in China last weekend, saw its grosses plunge to $12 million in that market.

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The Disney/Marvel superhero film has now earned a domestic total of just over $600 million while becoming the first film since "Avatar" in 2009 to hold the top spot for five straight weekends.

"'Black Panther' continues to astonish as it shows incredible strength fully five weeks into its fantastic run as it takes on another batch of notable newcomers and comes out on top", said Paul Degarabedian, senior media analyst with comScore. When two foes conspire to destroy Wakanda, the hero known as Black Panther must team up with C.I.A. agent Everett K. Ross and members of the Dora Milaje, Wakandan special forces, to prevent Wakanda from being dragged into a world war. Recent tracking for the "Pacific Rim" sequel has been in the $20 million to $30 million range while "Sherlock Gnomes" was in the $13 million to $18 million range. The film opened in nine markets last weekend and has an global total of $102 million. The film took fifth place with $11.5 million from 2,402 theaters. Fox's third weekend of "Red Sparrow" followed in ninth with $4.5 million at 2,583 venues, pushing the Jennifer Lawrence thriller past $39 million. The figure was on par with the openings for "Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle" and "Wonder Woman".

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