Box Office Wrap Up: Another Wild Weekend in Wakanda.
Disney’s Black Panther continues to shred the box office on its way to record-breaking earnings.
For a second weekend in a row, Black Panther ruled the jungle, and in the process has been stalking several all-time earnings records. R-rated comedy thriller Game Night had a game weekend, while the other new release films further down the list. The big second weekend for Black Panther helped keep the box office numbers high, which should make the winter season much happier for Hollywood.
This Week in Box Office History.
While other films have benefited from Disney’s box office draw, the big news is all Black Panther. After a debut that smashed most of the February records, BP roared into its second weekend with tons of momentum intact. The weekend take of 108 million dollars is good enough for the second best second week earnings, just behind Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Having surpassed 400 million dollars domestically and 700 million dollars globally, it is practically guaranteed that Black Panther will soon pass every Marvel film save the original Avengers…and that lead is shrinking every day!
The overall box office shrank 35% from last week, but was up nearly 60% from last year. With films like Black Panther, Deadpool, Get Out and John Wick all making big money in the winter season, the blockbuster season has apparently deserted summer in order to moonlight at the beginning and ending of the year.
Top Three Films.
Did you hear that Black Panther was the #1 film? It is. There’s really not much left to say about how much praise and money this ground-breaking film has earned. Good job, T’Challa and company.
Second place saw our first new release take hold, with Game Night raking in 16 million dollars. The murder mystery comedy had solid reviews and audience scores, and should have not trouble covering a 37 million dollar budget in the coming weeks.
The box office was good for all creatures great and small as Peter Rabbit continues to baffle me with its earnings. In third place, Peter netted another 12 million dollars, putting its three week cumulative earnings at 71 million dollars. I guess after The Last Jedi, people are really excited to see Domnhall Gleeson step on rakes and sit on bear traps.
Speaking of the 400 million dollar domestic earnings mark, Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle is steadily creeping its way there. It added 6 million dollars this week, good enough for sixth place, and sits at 387 million dollars in total domestic earnings. So close!
The second new release film, Annihilation, had to settle for fourth place and 11 million dollars. That total is actually pretty typical for sci-fi films of this ilk, though we’ve been spoiled lately by mega blockbusters like Gravity and Arrival setting the bar higher for earnings. It would probably go for a modest profit over its life-time if you factor in foreign sales…but a petulant Paramount studios decided to auction off most of the the film’s foreign streaming rights to Netflix. Between this and The Cloverfield Paradox, Netflix is making a killing on fire-sale science fiction flicks.
The third wide release, Every Day, wound up in ninth place but must be pleased nonetheless. The body-swapping teen romance took in 3 million dollars against a 4 million dollar budget, virtually assuring it of a tidy profit.