Published: Tue, March 20, 2018
Entertaiment | By Simon Arnold

"Black Panther" remains Number 1 for 5 Straight Weeks


It is now the No. 7 domestic release of all time. By next weekend, it should overtake The Avengers to become the highest-grossing superhero movie of all time in North America (until Avengers: Infinity War, at least). Why, that would be Warner Bros./MGM's "Tomb Raider", opening to $23.5 million from 3,854 screens. The film is directed by Roar Uthuagg (The Wave) and stars Academy Award victor Alicia Vikander as the infamous Lara Croft.

Apart from Chadwick Boseman, the film also stars Michael B Jordan, Lupita Nyong'o, Danai Gurira, Martin Freeman, Daniel Kaluuya, Letitia Wright, Winston Duke, Angela Bassett, Forest Whitaker and Andy Serkis in pivotal roles.

Roadside Attractions' Christian drama film "I Can Only Imagine" opened in third place with an estimated 17.06 million dollars. The movie also managed to receive a flawless 'A+' grade from opening night moviegoers via CinemaScore polling, so it ought to have legs and also should prove to be quite popular over time.

It also earned 30 million dollars internationally this weekend, pushing its worldwide cume to 577.1 million dollars and global cume to 1,182.5 million dollars to date, according to studio figures collected by comScore.

The teen romantic dramedy Love, Simon debuted with $11.5 million this weekend and very positive reviews to suggest that it's staying-power could lead to a long run at the box office. "Simon", starring Nick Robinson as a conflicted high schooler, notched an A+ CinemaScore with the audience, giving Fox execs hope for strong word of mouth and extended playability.

Peter Rabbit crossed $100 million domestically after six weeks of release while Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle finally dropped out of the top ten. It's the first film to accomplish this since 2009's Avatar. Sony is projecting $1.65 million for the weekend from 1,556 locations for a total of $400.27 million.

Black Panther's new box office triumph comes days after Ryan Coogler's blockbuster dominated the 2018 Saturn Awards nominations with 14 nods, just one more than Star Wars: The Last Jedi.

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