In its third frame, Ryan Coogler‘s Black Panther is now estimated to blow past the $500 million mark domestically after taking in another $65.7 million over the weekend. That would make Marvel’s latest only the second movie to cross that line after The Avengers, and it did it a week earlier than the Joss Whedon-helmed epic. Avengers ended its run at $623 million domestically and $1.5 billion globally and thought Coogler’s film has a ways to go to top those numbers, it’s now looking more and more likely that it will indeed become the MCU’s biggest hit to date.
Meanwhile, in non-Disney land, things are looking relatively dire at the box office. Red Sparrow, the sleek spy film from Francis Lawrence and Jennifer Lawrence, looks to be in second with an estimated $17 million, while picking up some $26 million overseas. That’s not an entirely hopeful opening for a movie that likely has to make up something over $100 million to see a reasonable profit. Death Wish, the abominable and often quite boring remake from Eli Roth, will come in third with $13 million with no global money to back it up, though its relatively meager $30 million price tag makes finding a profit a bit more probable.
Game Night came in fourth with $10.7 million and one has to wonder if it will get an extra boost now that its directors, John Francis Daly and Jonathan M. Goldstein, are confirmed to helm the Flash movie for the DCEU. Similar blessings will likely not be visited on Peter Rabbit, which looks to bring in $10 million to land in fifth, though the movie doesn’t need much help after bringing in over $100 million worldwide. Still, you can expect Peter Rabbit and at least one more of these to get tossed out of the top five next weekend when A Wrinkle in Time arrives, which could also signal Black Panther‘s first shift to second place in the box office rankings. That doesn’t really matter, though. In three weeks, Black Panther has done what literally no other Marvel film has been able to do at the box office and its unclear if upcoming blockbusters like Pacific Rim: Uprising or Tomb Raider will be able to slow it down at all. After all, there are plenty more records Coogler and his film could break before it heads off to a healthy home-video run.
Here’s the top five for the weekend at the box office:
|Title||Weekend Domestic BO||Total Domestic BO|
|1. ‘Black Panther’||$65,705,000||$501,105,037|
|2. ’Red Sparrow’||$17,000,000||$17,000,000|
|3. ‘Death Wish’||$13,025,000||$13,025,000|
|4. ‘Game Night’||$10,710,000||$33,537,766|
|5. ‘Peter Rabbit’||$10,000,000||$84,060,376|