By Ryan Velez
Wakanda Forever, indeed. Forbes reports that the Black Panther train is showing no sign of stopping, as the latest Marvel film has topped the box office for the third straight weekend, even out-performing a few high-profile challengers.
The $65.7 million domestic take this weekend has brought Black Panther to $500 million domestically after only three weeks, making it the third fastest film to hit that mark.
“Disney is clearly on a roll with ‘Black Panther’ showing incredible strength as it posts the third biggest third-weekend gross of all time,” said Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst for comScore, “and most notably becomes the 10th highest grossing movie of all time in North America after just 17 days in theaters.”
Fox’s “Red Sparrow,” featuring Jennifer Lawrence as a Russian ballerina-turned-super-spy, earned $17 million in its first weekend.
Another new release, “Death Wish,” MGM’s reboot of the Charles Bronson action franchise starring Bruce Willis, was third with $13 million.
“Both newcomers performed to expectations but had to compete in a marketplace totally dominated by ‘Black Panther,'” Dergarabedian said.
Here are some estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theaters, according to comScore. Where available, the latest international numbers also are included. Final three-day domestic figures will be released Monday.
1. “Black Panther,” $65.7 million.
2. “Red Sparrow,” $17 million.
3. “Death Wish,” $13 million.
4. “Game Night,” $10.7 million.
5. “Peter Rabbit,” $10 million.
6. “Annihilation,” $5.6 million.
7. “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle,” $4.5 million.
8. “Fifty Shades Freed,” $3.3 million.
9. “The Greatest Showman,” $2.6 million.
10. “Every Day,” $1.5 million.
Black Panther is currently on track to hit the major milestone of $1 billion before all is said and done, especially since we still have Chinese audiences to consider. However, there is one potential upcoming film that could dig into its American profits a bit. That would be Ava DuVernay’s A Wrinkle In Time, an adaptation of the classic book that is similar to Black Panther in terms of its representation both behind the camera and in the film itself. Granted, there is room for both movies to do well, but Black Panther’s great domestic take was in part due to a large black turnout. Hopefully, A Wrinkle In Time will be able to benefit from some of that turnout as well.