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Black Panther tops Tomb Raider to claim fifth weekend at box office

19 March 2018, 09:56 | Clyde Nash

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However, when an old enemy reappears on the radar, T'Challa's mettle as King and Black Panther is tested when he is drawn into a conflict that puts the entire fate of Wakanda and the world at risk.

Meanwhile, the film has taken in an additional $577.1 million in overseas grosses, catapulting "Black Panther" to above the billion-dollar mark, with a worldwide box office of $1.18 billion... and counting. With a budget of over $100 million, that's a tough pill to swallow.

I Can Only Imagine takes the third spot domestically with $17.1 million (GBP12.2 million).

FOX's "Love, Simon" made $11.5M across 2,402 locations this weekend, which landed the film in the top-five overall.

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Next weekend will find Black Panther facing off against the romantic drama Midnight Sun starring Bella Thorne and Patrick Schwarzenegger; the animated sequel, Sherlock Gnomes; and the thriller, Unsane, with Claire Foy. Norwegian filmmaker Roar Uthaug (The Wave) directed the $90 million film, which stars Alicia Vikander opposite Dominic West, Walton Goggins, Daniel Wu and Kristin Scott Thomas. Note: the numbers below will be updated as they become final.

"Tomb Raider", which led the Friday box office, takes second place for the weekend. Though it has grossed $96 million in two weeks of release in China, Black Panther slid steeply in its second weekend. The $7 million film had been projected by trackers to make $5-6 million, but has earned huge word of mouth among Christian audiences with an A+ on CinemaScore.

Reviews for the new Tomb Raider were lukewarm, though many praised Vikander, while moviegoers gave it a so-so B CinemaScore. It stars J. Michael Finley as the singer behind one of the most popular Christian songs, by the band MercyMe. "Love, Simon" was directed by Greg Berlanti, the film stars Nick Robinson, Jennifer Garner, and Josh Duhamel. "I feel great that we had the kind of exit polls that we did", said Chris Aronson, distribution chief for Fox.

According to comScore, the weekend was down 50% from the same weekend in 2017 when Disney's "Beauty and the Beast" opened with a record-breaking $174.8 million. Where available, the latest global numbers also are included.



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