Black Panther Pulls In Another Strong Weekend With Revenue At $108 Million

02 March, 2018, 04:09 | Author: Miranda Cannon
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Black Panther has yet to even arrive in two of Hollywood's biggest markets, China and Japan, and theaters are reporting that they're seeing more repeat viewings than usual.

Of that group, only The Force Awakens had a higher take for its second weekend. Other films high up on the list include Jurassic World ($106.6 million) and fellow MCU title The Avengers ($103.1 million).

"This movie has very strong word of mouth and a deeply loyal core fan base, which are both necessary criteria for repeat business", said Greg Foster, entertainment chief of IMAX which is playing Black Panther in more than 60 countries.

I believe Black Panther will remain box office champion for a third straight week as it does face some competition including Jennifer Lawrence's new thriller Red Sparrow.

Overall, Black Panther generated the fifth largest opening weekend of all-time (Friday-to-Sunday) behind Star Wars: The Force Awakens ($248M), Star Wars: The Last Jedi ($220M), Jurassic World ($208.8M), and The Avengers ($207.4M).

Such success makes Black Panther Marvel's biggest hit in years, with the takings of last year's outings Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2, Spider-Man: Homecoming and Thor: Ragnarok all within sight (each film made $850m - $880m).

The weekend tally is up from Sunday's estimate of $108 million.

Chadwick Boseman plays T'Challa, the king of Wakanda and owner of the Black Panther mantle, alongside Lupita Nyong'o, Letitia White, Michael B. Jordan, Danai Gurira, Daniel Kaluuya, Martin Freeman, Andy Serkis, Angela Bassett and Forest Whitaker.

Featuring Jason Bateman and Rachel McAdams, the film follows a group of friends whose game night descends into a murder mystery.

The Natalie Portman-starring Annihilation finished with a somewhat unimpressive $11 million in fourth place, but could benefit from decent word-of-mouth to gain some traction in the coming weeks.

In third place was the animated holdover, Peter Rabbit, which totaled $13 million.

Its global take is now more than US$700 million.

Among holdovers, Universal's Fifty Shades Freed rounded out the top five domestically with $7 million as it whipped past the $300 million mark globally, including $89.6 million in North America and $230.8 million internationally for a $320.4 million cume.



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