'Black Panther' Shows No Sign Of Slowing Down In Its Sophomore Weekend

'Black Panther' Shows No Sign Of Slowing Down In Its Sophomore Weekend

'Black Panther' Shows No Sign Of Slowing Down In Its Sophomore Weekend

After initially challenging T'Challa (Chadwick Boseman) for the throne, actor Winston Duke's portrayal of the long-time Black Panther villain suddenly become a fan-favorite, thanks in part to his comedic role.

Typically, Hollywood movies show a dip in their first week to second week collections. It's also the second most lucrative second weekend of any movie ever (again, "Force Awakens", which earned $149 million its second weekend, is first).

Directed by Ryan Coogler, "Black Panther" features an nearly entirely black cast led by Chadwick Boseman as the first non-white superhero to get his own standalone movie in the franchise. This points towards an extraordinary acceptance by audiences. Internationally the film opened to an additional $5 million. Globally, Black Panther is already the No. 10 highest grossing title ever for the Marvel Cinematic Universe, passing the all-time sales of both Doctor Strange and Ant-Man.

Black Panther has continued its reign at the top of the North American box office for a second weekend in a row.

Take EVERYTHING together - the global numbers as well as the $400+ million from North America in just over ten days - and Black Panther has already tallied $704 million in total!

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Sony's animated adventure comedy film "Peter Rabbit" landed in third place with an estimated United States dollars 12.54 million in its third weekend, pushing its North American cume to USD 71.29 million through Sunday.

"The movie continues to play ahead of our modeling", says Disney's film distribution head Dave Hollis.

But what may be even more impressive about this Jason Bateman-led action-comedy is the 81 percent Rotten Tomatoes score. It follows a group of friends whose game night turns into a murder mystery. Sony's Peter Rabbit took third place with $12.5 million, adding to its $71.3 million three-week total.

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.

"Fifty Shades Freed" took fifth place with $6.9 million.

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