Weekend Box Office: ‘Black Panther’ Ascends to the Throne with $192 Million

     February 18, 2018


Black Panther will end Sunday with an estimated $192 million, which would put it in second place as far as opening-weekend domestic grosses in the MCU, sandwiched between the two Avengers movies. With the added oomph of the holiday weekend, however, Black Panther is on track to bring in $218 million by the end of Monday, ably surging past Avengers‘ $207 million domestic take on its opening weekend. It’s also worth pointing out that Black Panther smashed the previous record for highest-grossing February release, which was previously held by Deadpool with some $132 million. Oh, and it’s now the fifth largest domestic opening of all time as well.


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This is all to say that Black Panther is an even bigger hit than the most optimistic projections had it pegged to be, whether you get hung up on the nuances of holiday weekend vs. regular three-day weekend or not. Its foreign total is currently at $169 million, meaning that its full global take over its first full four days in theaters will be something very close to $400 million. For Ryan Coogler, the brilliant filmmaker behind Marvel’s latest, this should effectively put him in a position to call his own shots from now on. For Disney honcho Bob Iger, it probably means a brand new Scrooge McDuck-esque swimmable bank vault for his second or third mansion.

In comparison, it seems borderline unfair to talk about the rest of the top five. A gulf of about $175 million separates Black Panther from its closest rival, Peter Rabbit, which brought in $17.2 million, putting it just a hair above Fifty Shades Freed in third place with $16.9 million in its second frame. In its ninth frame, Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle continues to do profound business, landing in fourth with $7.9 million to add to its $370 million domestic take, narrowly defeating Clint Eastwood‘s The 15:17 to Paris, which came in fifth with $7.8 million in its second frame.


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This will almost certainly be Eastwood’s film’s last weekend in the top five, as next weekend brings Alex Garland‘s much-hyped Annihilation and the big-box comedy Game Night in wide release. Still, I would essentially guarantee that Black Panther will take next weekend as well and will only have a major rival when Ava DuVernay‘s A Wrinkle in Time, another forward-looking Disney production helmed by a masterful black filmmaker, sees release in early March. One has to hope that the success of Coogler’s latest and the near-inevitable success of DuVernay’s film will mean that big studios will get more serious about bringing ambitious stories pitched prominently to black audiences in the future. There’s an irrefutable reason to keep that hope alive at this point, and that’s thanks largely to Coogler, his cast and crew, and the astounding movie they’ve made.

Here’s your top five at the box office for the three-day total:

Title Weekend Domestic BO Total Domestic BO
1. ‘Black Panther’ $192,023,000 $192,023,000
2. ’Peter Rabbit’ $17,250,000 $48,222,542
3. ‘Fifty Shades Freed’ $16,940,000 $76,134,455
4. ‘Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle’ $7,945,000 $377,623,565
5. ‘The 15:17 to Paris’ $7,685,000 $25,432,717

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