In a surprise to absolutely no one, Black Panther continues to dominate the box office in its second weekend. The Marvel Studios film opened way above expectations, scoring the fifth-highest opening weekend ever and the second-highest for a Marvel Studios movie behind Marvel’s The Avengers. In its first week, however, the film began outpacing The Avengers, and indeed things are looking way, way up as Black Panther scored an estimated $28.8 million on Friday, on track for an estimated three-day weekend of $104 million.
Black Panther has already surpassed the worldwide grosses of MCU movies Thor, Captain America: The First Avenger, Ant-Man, and its domestic total—in just two weeks of release, mind you—is higher than Thor: Ragnarok’s entire domestic run of $314 million. Ragnarok went on to gross $853.5 million worldwide, so it’ll be incredibly interesting to see where Black Panther ends up—$1 billion feels like lowballing it.
As for this second weekend performance, given Black Panther’s tendency to break records, here are the Top 5 second weekend grosses ever:
1. Star Wars: The Force Awakens – $149,202,860
2. Jurassic World – $106,588,440
3. Marvel’s The Avengers – $103,052,274
4. Beauty and the Beast (2017) – $90,426,717
5. Avengers: Age of Ultron – $77,746,929
Besting Age of Ultron seems like a given at this point, at the very least, but can it leap ahead of Jurassic World to take the #2 spot? We’ll find out, but keep in mind that Sunday estimates last weekend were low, so it may be Monday before we get a complete read on this weekend’s performance.
But Black Panther isn’t the only movie in theaters right now. Ex Machina filmmaker Alex Garland’s ambitious sci-fi adaptation Annihilation opened to $3.8 million, which isn’t terribly surprising. The film has been hailed by critics as a sci-fi masterpiece, but most have agreed that this is not exactly an easy commercial play. Indeed, the movie netted a C CinemaScore (which is higher than some were predicting), but if you’re a cinephile, odds are you’re going to enjoy the hell out of this thought-provoking thriller. Kudos to Paramount Pictures for having the gall to greenlight films as bold as this and last year’s mother!, even if audiences don’t always respond.