Black Panther Manages To Fend Off Tomb Raider For The Top Spot

Disney and Marvel Studios' "Black Panther" continued to lead North American box office with an estimated earning of 27.02 million US dollars, becoming the first film since 2009's "Avatar" to take the top spot for five weekends in a row.

Ryan Coogler's superhero epic added another $27 million over the weekend, edging out Warner Brothers' Tomb Raider reboot. Winning the box office crown for five weeks in a row is exceedingly rare - before "Avatar", the last movie to do so was "The Sixth Sense" in 1999.

That makes the Marvel movie the seventh-biggest domestic release ever - sliding in right behind "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" ($619.8 million) - and the No. 14 ever worldwide, before adjusting for inflation. Avatar - which also just so happened to be the highest-grossing movie of all time. So far the film has brought in $605.4 million, while worldwide "Black Panther" has grossed more than $1.1 billion.

It would be fascinating to experience whether Tomb Raider of Alicia Vikander will boot out Black Panther, the superhero sensation or not.

"Black Panther" is back on top! The 2003 action film only brought in $21 million domestically over its first weekend and $156 million total during its theatrical run. One of the favorite pastimes at Marvel Studios is sitting around on a Part One and talking and dreaming about what we would do in a Part Two. Unfortunately that was not the case as the film, with a budget of $90 million, came in second with a mere $23.5M. "Tomb Raider" was no. 1 overseas, grossing $84.5 million, including a $41.1 million in China.

Third place goes to the faith-based feature I Can Only Imagine.

Disney's A Wrinkle in Time dropped two spots to fourth place with $16.6 million its second weekend, for a total of $61.1 million domestically.

"As "Black Panther" continues to knock off all other blockbusters, its next true weekend challengers include "Pacific Rim 2" (opening Friday) and" Ready Player One"(March 29).

The biopic is about MercyMe lead singer Bart Millard who wrote one of the most popular songs in Christian music.

  • Marlene Weaver