With a high number of wide releases already in theatres and two new wide releases touting big star power in Jennifer Lawrence and Bruce Willis, could Black Panther three-peat at the box office? As it continues to smash records each week is there any signs at all this movie event is slowing down? Let’s take a look!
Even with all the options out there in the market, audiences are still flocking to the Black Panther as the MCU’s mega-hit took the number one spot again at the weekend box. Dropping a miniscule 41%, the film earned $66.7 million in its third week of release to easily take the top spot and has climbed over the half century mark in North America with a new domestic total of $502 million. This mark now places it in the top 10 all time domestically and the second MCU film to climb above $500 million, the other being The Avengers which is well ahead at $623 million.
Most agree those North American numbers could easily have been higher, an amazing thing, if not for the devastating storms pounding most of the East Coast, many without power. Internationally, the film finally opened in Japan ($2.4m) and Russia ($13m) finishing #1 in both those markets bringing its worldwide total to $897.7 million making it the fifth highest MCU film of all time. Next up is Captain America: Civil War which is sitting at $1.15 billion worldwide and with China (March 5th) still to open, its seems to be a no brainer Black Panther will pass that mark before the end of its run. It will have much stiffer competition thought the next couple of weeks with A Wrinkle in Time and Tomb Raider coming out successively.
In second place is the Jennifer Lawrence spy thriller Red Sparrow which earned $17 million in its debut weekend. This is not good news for 20th Century Fox who spent $100 million when you include marketing, 20% of which went to star Lawrence. This number is in line with Lawrence’s past efforts that didn’t include that strong Hunger Games or X-Men fan base indicating her star power may be solely reliant on the material. It added $26.5 million overseas for a worldwide total of $43.5 million, considering the international appeal of the subject matter this is also troublesome going forward.
Third place goes to the weekends other new release Death Wish starring veteran Bruce Willis. Based on the Charles Bronson vigilante film from 1974, this updated take earned $13 million in its opening weekend which is obviously on the lower end for the tough-guy action film genre but with a paltry $30 million budget, the losses will be minimal. Critics were extremely harsh on this ultra violent remake given the current climate in the United States but audiences, who saw it, gave it a B+ score which isn’t bad.
Rounding out the top 5 is last weeks Game Night in fourth and the children’s fav Peter Rabbit in fifth. The dark comedy Game Night starring Jason Bateman added $10.7 million to its now $49.5 million worldwide total. As stated last week, the most interesting thing about this film is that co-directors John Francais Daley and Jonathan Goldstein have recently been hired to direct the DC big budget film Flashpoint. As for Peter Rabbit, the Beatrix Potter children’s classic added $10 million this weekend and is now officially over the $100 million mark worldwide. It’s still playing in over 3,000 theaters but will lose a good chunk of its younger audience to A Wrinkle in Time next week.
Next weekend sees four more new wide releases when the comedy Gringo (2,400 theaters), action/thriller The Hurricane Heist (2,500 theaters) and the horror sequel Strangers: Prey at Night (2,400 theaters) all open. But all eyes will be on the highly anticipated Disney’s A Wrinkle in Time directed by Ava Duvernay, which opens huge in 3,800 theatres. Tracking has the film opening somewhere in the $40-$50 million range which should be good enough for first place but with Black Panther still around, you never know. A lot will depend on early buzz for A Wrinkle in Time which so far hasn’t been over the moon, we’ll see.