Box Office Wrap Up: Black Panther Buries Tomb Raider.

Box Office Wrap Up: Black Panther Buries Tomb Raider.

Black Panther manages to cement its fifth consecutive week at #1 while holding off Tomb Raider.

For the second week in a row Black Panther has clawed his way past a challenger for first place.  First A Wrinkle in Time and now Tomb Raider both under-performed while Black Panther over-performed.  The five week streak at #1 is the second longest span in the 21st century.  Marvel’s latest (and soon to be biggest) hit was not the only winner this week:  I Can Only Imagine also put up remarkable numbers.  While Tomb Raider underwhelmed at the US box office, it did manage to post good numbers abroad.

Box Office Wrap Up: Black Panther Buries Tomb Raider.
May have been a touch premature in the sequel baiting there.

This Week in Box Office History.

Black Panther just continues to challenge box office records.  The current streak of five weeks in first place make it only the second movie to have done so since  2000, behind 2009’s Avatar which held on for 7 weeks.  The total domestic take of 605 million dollars puts the film within striking distance of The Avengers (623 million) as the biggest super hero movie of all time.

The total box office was down a negligible 5% from last week, but down 50% compared to last year when the live action Beauty and Beast hit theaters to the tune of 175 million dollars.  As we pass the halfway point of March, 2018 is right in the middle of the pack when it comes to monthly figures.  A second big hit is going to be needed to pick up the baton from Panther if 2018 wants to finish in the top three for March earnings.

Pacific Rim Uprising
You kids think you can take the top spot?

Top Three Films.

Black Panther added another 27 million dollars to its domestic totals, bringing its world-wide earnings to 1.1 billion dollars.  It continues to put up solid numbers with modest decreases and has yet to shed its share of movie screens across the country.

Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life
I don’t even know where to start with how incomprehensible that movie was.

Second place went to Tomb Raider, the reboot of the video game based series now led by Alicia Vikander.  For a second week a potential rival to Marvel’s dominance has fallen shy of expectations.  The take of 23 million dollars puts this reboot much closer to the critically panned Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life (21 million) than the first Angelina Jolie film, Lara Croft Tomb Raider (47 million.)  A middling Cinemascore and weak critical reaction don’t bode terribly well for the film’s US earnings, but it has already scored 100 million dollars abroad against a 94 million dollar budget.

The third spot went to a dark horse candidate, faith-based musical biopic I Can Only Imagine.  The film made 17 million dollars while showing on half the screens of BP or Tomb Raider.  If you subtract the Narnia films, this puts it as the third biggest opening for a faith-based film.  Hooray, I guess.

Other Films.

Love, Simon premiered in fifth place with 11 million dollars against a 17 million dollar budget.  That’s on the low end compared to recent similar movies but not way off from expectations.

The other new film, 7 Days in Entebbe, fell out of the top ten.  It took in 1.6 million dollars while showing on just 800 screens.

The Bad News Bears
Turn over the ball, ace, you’re out of the game.

The bad news bears award this week is split between Annihilation and Gringo.  Annihilation dropped out of the top ten and has registered just 29 million dollars against a 40 million dollar budget.  Usually that would get erased by foreign sales and DVD sales…but the studio threw the film under the bus at launch by selling foreign rights to Netflix.  Amazon’s feature film, Gringo, completely collapsed after failing to hit the top ten in its premier; it is down to 600k in its second week and has made a paltry 4 million dollars (despite being decent in our estimation!)

Top Ten Movies.

(In Millions)

1.  Black Panther  (27.0)

2.  Tomb Raider  (23.5)

3.  I Can Only Imagine  (17.0)

4.  A Wrinkle in Time  (16.5)

5.  Love, Simon  (11.5)

6.  Game Night  (5.5)

7.  Peter Rabbit  (5.2)

8.  Strangers:  Prey at Night  (4.8)

9.  Red Sparrow  (4.4)

10.  Death Wish -2018– (3.3)

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