With Marvel’s Black Panther smashing all sorts of records in its debut last week, could a record-breaking follow-up weekend be in the cards? With no new major new releases threatening the Kingdom of Wakanda, how likely would a sophomore weekend of $100 million plus be? Let’s take a look!
After its massive record-breaking opening weekend, Black Panther continued to surprise at the box office throughout the week breaking records for mid-week debuts. Going into the weekend most thought a second weekend record was in order and with a $28.8 million Friday they’d be right. Black Panther brought in a massive $111 million in its second weekend passing Jurassic World ($106m) as the second largest second weekend ever, a 46.5% drop. All told now the new domestic total has reached the $400 million mark, which makes it’s the second fastest film to achieve that mark. It will easily move into second place on the MCU list by next weekend which is currently Avengers: Age of Ultron at $459 million domestically.
Internationally, the film added $83 million to its now overseas total of $305 million for a worldwide total of $708 million. With Japan (next week) and China (March 9th) still to open, the film is a sure thing to hit the $1 billion mark. Currently, it sits 10th on MCU list for worldwide gross all-time and should leap-frog into 6th or 5th by next weekend. Once China opens all best are off and it could climb as high as 4th by the end of its run. Currently Captain America: Civil War holds that spot with $1.15 billion.
In second place was one of the weekends new releases, the dark comedy Game Night starring Rachel McAdams and Jason Bateman. The film opened with a $17 million three-day frame which was where the industry had pegged it and played as an alternative choice to Black Panther. With a $37 million budget this film, including its international take should see a small profit. Perhaps the most interesting thing about Game Night is its directors, John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein, were recently awarded the WB/DC Flashpoint gig.
Third place went to SONY’s Peter Rabbit which fell only 28% in its third weekend to earn $12.7 million. Its North American total now stands at $71 million which will have to do for now as it opens internationally much later, even into April of this year. Already seeing a profit on its $50 million budget, it should fare well overseas and show a huge plus for SONY.
Rounding out the top 5 are Natalie Portman’s sci-fi thriller Annihilation in fourth and former #1 Fifty Shades Freed in fifth. The Alex Garland film based on the novel by Jeff VanderMeer opened wide to an $11 million debut on a $40 million budget. Reviews have been better than average but this film will likely get lost in the Black Panther tsunami and keep in mind its only playing on Netflix internationally so the take will have to come from North America alone. As for Fifty Shades Freed, it added $6.9 million here at home for a new domestic total of $89.5 million. Worldwide, the film has reached $320 million as it helped the franchise cross the $1.2 billion mark this week.
Next week Black Panther will have two new wide release action films to contend with. While the demographics skew a little older, Jennifer Lawrence’s Red Sparrow (2,900 theaters) and Bruce Willis’s remake of Death Wish (2,700 theaters) should ultimately split the crowd. Those craving more action and who have already seen Black Panther may boost the numbers for these films but fully expect to see Black Panther take the top spot once again.