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Black Panther buries Tomb Raider at the weekend box office

19 March 2018, 01:22 | Jermaine Blake

Black Panther buries Tomb Raider at the weekend box office

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The weekend's overall box office took in about $130 million, down 50% from the same weekend previous year when Disney's Beauty and the Beast opened with $174.5 million.

Danai Gurira, Lupita Nyong'o, Letitia Wright, Angela Bassett, Forest Whitaker, Andy Serkis, Martin Freeman, and Michael B. Jordan also star in Black Panther, which was directed by Ryan Coogler based on a script he co-wrote with Joe Robert Cole. Titanic dominated the box office for a staggering 15 consecutive weekends, meaning Black Panther would effectively have to stay on top for about two and a half more months to equal it.

Coming in at No. 4, Ava DuVernay's Wrinkle in Time grossed $16.6 million in its second weekend domestically, falling more than 50 percent despite being a family film.

That left second place to the MGM-Warner Bros.' rebooted Tomb Raider, starring Alicia Vikander as the archaeologist adventurer Lara Croft.

Worldwide, Black Panther has now amassed a might $1.182 billion, overtaking Captain America: Civil War ($1.153 billion) to become Marvel's fourth biggest movie of all time behind Iron Man 3 ($1.214 billion), Avengers: Age of Ultron ($1.405 billion) and The Avengers ($1.519 billion).

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Even with a new Lara Croft film at the box-office, Marvel's "Black Panther" won the domestic box-office for the fifth-week in a row. We may have to wait for Steven Speilberg's Ready Player One before we see a new face at the top of the North American Box office.

Next week sees the release of PACIFIC RIM: UPRISING, which will surely dethrone BLACK PANTHER...right?

The film "I Can Only Imagine" landed in third-place overall on the domestic charts, bringing in $17M at just 1,629 locations. This faith-based film only cost $7 million to produce, making this debut a blessing from on high. "I Can Only Imagine" was directed by Andrew and Joe Erwin, the film stars J. Michael Finley, Brody Rose, and Trace Adkins.

Playing to a virtually opposite audience was 20th Century Fox's Love, Simon, the first film from a major Hollywood studio featuring a gay teen protagonist. "Love, Simon" was directed by Greg Berlanti, the film stars Nick Robinson, Jennifer Garner, and Josh Duhamel. The movie's $23.5 million opening was right within $23 to $25 million expectations.

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