'Black Panther' Tops Box Office for Fifth Straight Week

20 March 2018, 03:18 | Santos Harmon

Black Panther continues reign over North American box office

Box office king Black PantherĀ starring Chadwick Boseman has become the first film since 2009's Avatar to top the weekend box office for five straight weekends earning $27 million

T'Challa's Marvel flick remained atop the weekend box office, relegating new flick Tomb Raider to second place. The last movie that performed like that has been the mega-hit "Avatar", which came out eight years ago and grabbed the top spot in the box office charts for five consecutive weekends.

The new video game flick, meanwhile, starring Oscar victor Alicia Vikander, was a disappointment for Warner Bros., taking in only $23.5 million. The film added $27 million to push its North American total passed the $600 million mark with $605.4 million.

But it did gang-busters overseas tapping into $102.5 million for a worldwide take of $126 million. according to Box Office Mojo. The only other two films to achieve that in the last 19 years was James Cameron's Avatar and M. Night Shamylan's The Sixth Sense. The film is directed by Roar Uthuagg (The Wave) and stars Academy Award victor Alicia Vikander as the infamous Lara Croft. The film is also closing in on $1.2 billion at the worldwide box office. In the fifth outing, Black Panther of Ryan Coogler is expected to fetch around $25 million or even more. So far, it's getting that help with $84.5 million from 65 markets this weekend and is highest internationally among all films. 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.

Taking aim Daniel Wu left and Alicia Vikander in Tomb Raider which opened with $23.5 million in North America and $102.5 million globally
Taking aim Daniel Wu left and Alicia Vikander in Tomb Raider which opened with $23.5 million in North America and $102.5 million globally

Alicia Vikander in a scene from "Tomb Raider" released by Warner Bros Pictures. Tomb Raider is basically a reboot of early 2000s film franchise, which was accentuated by the well-known Angelina Jolie.

In third place is Roadside Attractions/Lionsgate's faith-based film "I Can Only Imagine", taking in an impressive $17 million from 1,620 screens. There have been plenty of those conversations as we were putting together the first Black Panther.

Directed by Andrew Erwin and Jon Erwin, the film stars J. Michael Finley as Bart Millard who is the lead singer of the Christian band MercyMe.

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