Disney, which has the financial security to invest in any movie it wants, had a good weekend at the box office yet again. Black Panther pulled in another $41 million to bring its domestic total to $562 million. The movie also passed the $1 billion mark and is now the second-biggest superhero movie of all-time behind The Avengers. While some speculated that the film might not perform in China, the movie also did well in that coveted territory, pulling in $66.5 million to become one of the country’s five-biggest openings for a superhero movie. Now the only question left for Black Panther is how far can it go.
Meanwhile, A Wrinkle in Time came in second place with $33.3 million. Unfortunately, with the film costing $103 million, once you factor in P&A, there’s no getting around that the film didn’t perform as well as Disney had hoped, especially with a B CinemaScore. My hope is that other studios don’t look at this return and assume that audiences won’t turn out for a movie directed by an African-American woman, and instead realize that it’s a crowded marketplace.
Elsewhere at the box office, The Strangers: Prey at Night came in third with $10.5 million. The Hurricane Heist couldn’t make off with any money as the movie opened to a dismal ninth with $3.2 million. Finally, the dark comedy Gringo opened outside the Top 10 with $2.6 million.
In terms of indies, The Shape of Water enjoyed a post-Best Picture bump by pulling in $2.4 million from 1,552 theaters — a 63 percent jump — for a domestic total of $61 million and $148 million globally. The movie arrives on Blu-ray on Tuesday. New limited release Thoroughbreds made $1.2 million from just 549 theaters. And The Death of Stalin, opening in only 4 theaters, made $45,327 per theater, which is the best of the year so far behind Black Panther according to THR.
Here’s the top five for the weekend at the box office:
|Title||Weekend Domestic BO||Total Domestic BO|
|1. ‘Black Panther’||$41136,000||$562,015,601|
|2. ’A Wrinkle in Time’||$33,316,000||$33,316,000|
|3. ‘The Strangers: Prey at Night’||$10,480,000||$10,480,000|
|4. ‘Red Sparrow’||$8,150,000||$31,118,743|
|5. ‘Game Night’||$7,905,000||$45,045,632|