Box Office Wrap Up: Black Panther Claims Box Office Throne.
Marvel’s Black Panther tore up the competition and claimed the 5th largest opening weekend in history.
Audiences gave Black Panther more than the crown of Wakanda this weekend. Based on the eye popping numbers garnered by Marvel Studio’s biggest stand-alone super hero story to date, the box office saw record ticket sales. Those earnings stayed in Marvel’s pockets, however, as both of the new wide releases had pretty awful weekends.
This Week in Box Office History.
The list of records broken by Black Panther is impressive. The film is currently the biggest Winter film and biggest February film, beating out Deadpool for first place. When everything is said and done, it’s pretty likely that it will also be the biggest President’s Day film. As it stands, the film notched a place as the 5th biggest opening weekend of all time. At 201 million dollars, it is the biggest stand alone film in the Marvel pantheon, handily surpassing Iron Man, Captain America, and Thor. It also blew past The Avengers: Age of Ultron and came 6 million dollars shy of beating The Avengers.
Overall the box office was up 65% from last year’s totals and 126% up from last week. Black Panther’s 201 million made up a bulk of the 284 million dollar total take for the weekend.
T’Challa took first place as Black Panther roared out to a big lead. The 201 million made domestically (235 if you count the Monday holiday) already covers the 200 million dollar budget, so it’s all gravy from here on out. Global ticket sales added another 169 million dollars to the war-chest. That ought to buy a lot of vibranium.
Second place went to Peter Rabbit. The CG adventures of Beatrix Potters famous bunny has had two solid weeks, putting away just short of 50 million dollars. The strong showing in the US market is a godsend: the movie has only taken in 12 thousand dollars from foreign sales!
The third spot went to Fifty Shades Freed, which has taken in 76 million dollars in two weeks. That’s about all I want to say about that lousy franchise.
Despite trying to counter program, the other two wide releases had a miserable Presidents day weekend. Caveman adventure Early Man, the latest claymation comedy from the creator of Wallace and Gromit, got stoned by audiences. It took in just 3 million dollars versus a 50 million dollar budget…which is kinda bananas.
The other wide release, the Biblical epic Samson, had an epically bad weekend as well. Earning just 1.9 million dollars, it fell out of the top ten films. Pure Flix, the studio behind other faith-based films such God’s Not Dead and The Case for Christ, usually spends very minimally on their films, so they should be fine. Since there’s no budget data on hand, we’ll just have to leave its fate up to a higher power…