Box-Office Weekend: Black Panther Crosses $600 Million

Box-Office Weekend: Black Panther Crosses $600 Million

Box-Office Weekend: Black Panther Crosses $600 Million

Bringing in $27 million (£19.2 million) over the weekend (March 16-18), Black Panther's United States box office takings now stand at $605.4 million (£431 million). It's the type of film that turns fans into passionate evangelists who spread the word to their friends and return to see the movie again and again, and it's paying off for Marvel Studios in a big way. "I remember my mom was talking to me in the auto, like two years before this even happened-like 'you're going to get an audition for [Black Panther], Seth.' Me and my dad were in the vehicle like 'Okay, mom, whatever, '" he explained on the red carpet on the Black Panther premiere. "Tomb Raider" will have to settle for second place, earning a rather weak $23.5 million in what should have been its strongest weekend, as CBR noted.

"I Can Only Imagine" doubled expectations by sticking to the typical tactic of "faith-based" releases with a grassroots marketing effort that focused on Southern, Southwestern and suburban moviegoers.

The teen romantic dramedy Love, Simon debuted with $11.5 million this weekend and very positive reviews to suggest that it's staying-power could lead to a long run at the box office.

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The previous films to win five straight weekends in the past 20 years are 2009's "Avatar" and 1999's "The Sixth Sense".

According to comScore, the weekend was down 50 percent from the same weekend in 2017 when Disney's "Beauty and the Beast" opened with a record-breaking $174.8 million. "Jumanji", which won its third, fourth, fifth and seventh weekends, became the 30th film to cross the $400 million mark in domestic grosses. It did slightly better with the overseas sales taken into account, earning $102.5 million from 65 regions, for a total worldwide haul of $126 million in its first weekend. This gives the remake of the Charles Bronson exploitation film a three-week total of $29.9 million as it takes a final bow before presumably exiting the top ten.

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