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'Black Panther' tops the North American box office for 5th weekend

20 March 2018, 03:17 | Mandy Simon

T'Challa in Black Panther and Lara Croft in Tomb Raider

T'Challa in Black Panther and Lara Croft in Tomb Raider

"Black Panther" just achieved something that had occurred only twice before in two decades.

Black Panther continued dominating the box office AGAIN this weekend, landing once again in the top spot in North America, which is even bigger news because it far surpassed Tomb Raider in that film's opening weekend!

Roadside Attractions' Christian drama film "I Can Only Imagine" opened in third place with an estimated 17.06 million dollars. And as is common for Christian films, I Can Only Imagine (like Heaven is For Real and War Room) earned a flawless grade of 'A+' via CinemaScore polling. "Wrinkle", directed by Ava DuVernay, declined by exactly half from its opening weekend. Box office expert Scott Mendelson of Forbes theorizes that some of Love, Simon's target audience bought tickets to other movies.

The return of a blockbuster action franchise couldn't bump "Black Panther" from the top of the box office this week. On the other hand, a solid $84.5 million in worldwide grosses means that the movie will most likely end up in the black when all is said and done. The Disney film brought in $16.6 million and has now passed $60 million domestically.

He's in one of the biggest box office smashes of all time. With "Black Panther" still showing in its fifth weekend, though, the Marvel movie still came out on top - an awesome feat only matched by "Avatar".

"'Black Panther' continues to astonish as it shows incredible strength fully five weeks into its wonderful run as it takes on another batch of notable newcomers and comes out on top", said Paul Degarabedian, senior media analyst with comScore. Black Panther is also likely to soon pass Star Wars: The Last Jedi and cement itself within the top five unadjusted top domestic grosses of all 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.

Aviron's second weekend of horror sequel "Strangers: Prey at Night" finished eighth with $4.8 million at 2,464 venues. Red Sparrow continues to do middling business with $4.5 million over the weekend, to raise its, we assume, disappointing three-week total to $39.6 million.

Paramount's fourth weekend of "Annihilation" and Sony's 13th weekend of "Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle" tied for 11th place with $1.7 million.

Its North America total now stands at $605.4 million and the film could overtake the $623 million that the first Avengers movie got back in 2012.

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