Disney and Marvel Studios' "Black Panther" continued to lead North American box office with an estimated earning of 27.02 million USA dollars, becoming the first film since 2009's "Avatar" to take the top spot for five weekends in a row.
Black Panther has maintained the box-office lead for a fifth straight weekend, the movie which was released on the 14th of February has been the talk of many, the movie has taken in an estimate of $27 million in North American theaters while fending off two new films, website Exhibitor Relations said Sunday. Though it has grossed $96 million in two weeks of release in China, "Black Panther" slid steeply in its second weekend.
The debuting action-thriller reboot, Tomb Raider, based on a video game and starring Oscar victor Alicia Vikander, was the runner-up with $24-million. The movie has already raked in a whopping $600 million in North America alone, only the seventh film in history to do so, according to the Hollywood Reporter. Also, it now trails Marvel's The Avengers by less than $20 million to become the highest grossing superhero movie of all time. When release dates were being set a year ago, few could have foreseen "Black Panther" no. 1 five weeks in.
He's in one of the biggest box office smashes of all time. This puts it at a tie with Avatar (2010), which also holds a five consecutive weekend record at the top of the USA box-office. In its fourth weekend, "Black Panther" is heading for a $40 million-plus weekend, which would make it the No. 2 superhero release of all time over "The Dark Knight's" $535 million. There's a certain chance, though, that Black Panther will finally surpass Iron Man 3 (and then Frozen, if we qualify it) as the top grosser worldwide for a solo superhero release.
Third place goes to the faith-based feature I Can Only Imagine.
"I saw some of the cast from Black Panther, which made me really excited..." The film got an A+ CinemaScore.
Apart from Chadwick Boseman, the film also stars Michael B Jordan, Lupita Nyong'o, Danai Gurira, Martin Freeman, Daniel Kaluuya, Letitia Wright, Winston Duke, Angela Bassett, Forest Whitaker and Andy Serkis in pivotal roles.
Disney's new fantasy adaptation, A Wrinkle in Time, and Love, Simon round out the top five with $16.6 million (GBP11.9 million) and $11.5 million (GBP8.2 million), respectively. With an A+ CinemaScore, the movie will likely gain advantage from word-of-mouth marketing.