'Black Panther' tops box office with $27 million

Danny Woods
March 19, 2018

Unfortunately for Warner Bros. and its attempt at reviving the Tomb Rider franchise, though, this means their feature opened in second place with a less than stellar $23.5 million.

For the first time since Avatar in 2009, Black Panther has clung to the top of the Stateside box office for a fifth weekend, seeing off the likes of Tomb Raider.

Black Panther continues to amaze at the box office. Overseas, the film has banked $577 million. Black Panther has now raked in $605.4M domestically and an impressive $1.182 billion globally. We may have to wait for Steven Speilberg's Ready Player One before we see a new face at the top of the North American Box office.

With this, of course, comes new records and places in history as the Ryan Coogler-directed picture now becomes only the seventh film to ever move past the $600 million mark in North America and the third film in 19 years to spend at least five weeks at No. 1, finding company only in James Cameron's Avatar and M. Night Shyamalan's The Sixth Sense.

The $7 million film had been projected by trackers to make $5-6 million, but has earned huge word of mouth among Christian audiences with an A+ on CinemaScore.

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Starring Dennis Quaid and J. Michael Finley, the film follows the lead singer of the Christian band MercyMe during his process of writing "I Can Only Imagine", the most played radio hit in Christian music history.

In fourth, down two spots from last week, was Disney's science fantasy adventure A Wrinkle in Time, at US$16.6 million, a 50 per cent drop from last weekend. Love, Simon cost $17 million to produce.

FOX's "Love, Simon" made $11.5M across 2,402 locations this weekend, which landed the film in the top-five overall.

Reviews were largely negative for the new Tomb Raider, with critics giving the reboot a 49% on Rotten Tomatoes and a 46/100 on Metacritic.

Greg Berlanti's film, adapted from the best-selling young-adult novel "Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda", stars Nick Robinson as a gay 17-year-old who has yet to come out when another closeted boy from his high school begins an anonymous e-mail romance. "I feel great that we had the kind of exit polls that we did", said Chris Aronson, distribution chief for Fox. Final three-day domestic figures will be released Monday.

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