Weekend Box Office

Box Office: Black Panther Rules Oscar Weekend Nearing $900M Global

With all eyes on the Academy Awards, Hollywood was ruled once again by the runaway blockbuster sensation Black Panther

by | March 4, 2018 | Comments

With all eyes on the Academy Awards, Hollywood was ruled once again by the runaway blockbuster sensation Black Panther which amassed an estimated $65.7M in its third frame making more than the next seven films combined. That was the third biggest gross of all-time for any film in its third weekend of release behind only Star Wars: The Force Awakens ($90.2M) and Avatar ($68.5M) which both got help from the potent New Year’s holiday at those times. The decline for T’Challa this weekend was only 41%.

Panther watched its domestic cume crush the half-billion mark after only 17 days of release as the total soared to a stunning $501.1M. That ties it with Jurassic World for third fastest ever to break $500M. The Last Jedi did it in 16 days this past December while Force Awakens needed just ten days. It should be noted that the two Star Wars films played during the lucrative Christmas holiday season while Jurassic World was in late June when most schools were closing for summer vacations. Black Panther has had some school breaks, but played in a more standard time of year when box office sales are historically slower.

On the all-time domestic blockbuster chart, the Wakanda hit has risen to number ten and is currently sandwiched in between fellow Disney titles Beauty and the Beast and Finding Dory. In fact, seven of the top eleven blockbusters are from the Mouse House which is already planning out its box office dominance over the years ahead with an impressive calendar of titles it just announced leading into 2023. These include ten untitled Marvel films which most certainly would include one, if not two Black Panther sequels.

Black Panther has now had smaller declines on the second and third weekends than Avengers did in May 2012 and the road ahead continues to look bright. By Saturday it will surpass the $533.3M of The Dark Knight and it now stands a great chance of also passing the $623.4M of Avengers to become the highest grossing super hero movie of all-time in North America. The box office run and fan love for this film have exceeded all industry expectations and a domestic final in the $630-640M range is possible putting it at number five all-time.

International markets are also rocking for Panther with this weekend contributing an estimated $56.2M pushing the overseas cume to $396.6M and the global haul to $897.7M. The Marvel sensation will smash the $400M international and $900M worldwide marks on Monday. Top markets continue to be the U.K. at $49.1M and South Korea at $41.4M. Russia just went nationwide this past week, Japan opened well this weekend, and the final market of China opens this coming Friday where it is expected to be a big player. The last MCU film Thor: Ragnarok just did $112M there during the November-December period, although it opened day and date with the U.S. Worldwide, Black Panther looks to be on a trajectory to reach more than $1.25 billion at the global box office.

Two new star-driven, gritty action films opened this weekend fighting for the number two spot and Jennifer Lawrence’s espionage vehicle Red Sparrow came out ahead debuting to an estimated $17M from 3,056 locations for a good $5,563 average. Reviews were mixed and audiences were ok on the R-rated film with the CinemaScore grade being a B. The performance was almost even with Charlize Theron’s Atomic Blonde which bowed to $18.3M last July with a nearly identical average. Demo data indicated that the audience was 53% female, 79% over 25, and 60% white.

Bruce Willis saw a decent start for his new action offering Death Wish which bowed to an estimated $13M from 2,847 theaters for a $4,575 average. The R-rated revenge tale was clobbered by film critics, but paying audiences were much more pleased as the MGM release earned a good B+ grade from CinemaScore. Willis has been absent from the big screen for some time with his last major action film being the ensemble pic Sin City: A Dame to Kill For in 2014 and his last time anchoring a non-sequel being Looper in 2012. Studio data showed that the crowd was 57% male, 53% over 35, and 57% white. Death Wish opened much like Liam Neeson’s recent action film The Commuter which debuted to $13.7M in January.

The R-rated comedy Game Night held up well in its second weekend dropping 37% to an estimated $10.7M giving Warner Bros. $33.5M to date. With no new kids competition, Sony’s family comedy Peter Rabbit fell only 22% to an estimated $10M lifting the total to $84M on its way past the century mark.

Paramount’s sci-fi pic Annihilation grossed an estimated $5.7M, off 49%, for a sum of $20.6M. Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle kept up the great legs taking in an estimated $4.5M in its eleventh consecutive weekend in the top ten. Off a mere 20%, the Sony blockbuster has amassed $393.2M from North America and a giant $928.9M worldwide.

Suffering the worst decline in the top ten was Fifty Shades Freed which fell 54% to an estimated $3.3M with $95.6M overall for Universal. Global is now $346.2M. Like Jumanji, The Greatest Showman has been a major crowdpleaser since Christmas and also spent its eleventh straight frame in the top ten. The Fox hit took in an estimated $2.7M, off just 22%, for a $164.6M cume putting the worldwide tally at a big $375.8M. Rounding out the top ten was Orion’s Every Day with an estimated $1.6M, down 48%, and only $5.3M thus far.

The top ten films grossed an estimated $134.1M this weekend which was down 20% from last year when Logan opened at number one with $88.4M; and down 6% from 2016 when Zootopia debuted in the top spot with $75.1M.

Follow Box Office Guru on Twitter.

Tag Cloud

BET Awards comic book movie Disney godzilla docuseries Elton John Netflix Christmas movies Animation a nightmare on elm street historical drama Pop comiccon CMT universal monsters best X-Men doctor who Marvel Black Mirror serial killer Mary Tyler Moore Superheroes Marathons Teen Schedule cancelled TV shows new star wars movies Music hispanic franchise screen actors guild Valentine's Day reboot Election Winners MTV nature Broadway Nat Geo japan toronto Showtime Acorn TV San Diego Comic-Con FX on Hulu green book IFC Films TBS psycho cancelled 24 frames TCM GIFs NBA wonder woman Comedy Shudder BET Sundance TIFF talk show independent aliens Trailer Avengers Paramount Network gangster DC Universe strong female leads Star Wars latino spain pirates of the caribbean canceled TV shows blockbusters Starz Lionsgate WarnerMedia news elevated horror australia Stephen King Pride Month 007 mission: impossible critics Image Comics Christmas Pixar singing competition marvel cinematic universe war 20th Century Fox golden globes Rock Turner series stop motion Reality Competition Comic Book justice league suspense Mary poppins LGBTQ Amazon Prime true crime 2015 ghosts hollywood Spectrum Originals Watching Series Biopics 72 Emmy Awards VOD TCA RT History Pop TV crime thriller TNT dexter boxing finale parents Television Critics Association BBC America olympics Marvel Television aapi Writers Guild of America Sci-Fi Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Lifetime blockbuster Rocketman 99% El Rey NYCC indiana jones spider-man Spring TV 2016 Oscars Brie Larson transformers what to watch Cosplay Apple TV Plus science fiction batman Women's History Month know your critic Awards Tour Lucasfilm Comic-Con@Home 2021 Television Academy Alien Ghostbusters Musical Opinion Amazon Studios SDCC cops RT21 basketball ESPN golden globe awards ViacomCBS international Musicals Bravo video on demand diversity Cannes dramedy action-comedy comic book movies Crackle Columbia Pictures Summer comics Sundance TV child's play asian-american Holiday CBS emmy awards stand-up comedy TV renewals game show 90s MCU Fall TV 78th Annual Golden Globe Awards james bond Hear Us Out Warner Bros. BBC One based on movie MSNBC National Geographic cinemax USA Network Sony Pictures archives jamie lee curtis jurassic park halloween Film Kids & Family Tomatazos blaxploitation rt archives french fast and furious Academy Awards BBC PaleyFest Hulu Arrowverse screenings debate spy thriller festival See It Skip It young adult classics Sneak Peek revenge YouTube romantic comedy OWN films Binge Guide discovery cancelled television TLC Lifetime Christmas movies rotten movies we love worst movies harry potter Certified Fresh TCA Winter 2020 A&E docudrama chucky Thanksgiving foreign live action streaming Shondaland monster movies First Reviews book comic books Universal japanese TV scene in color The Walt Disney Company BAFTA ABC Discovery Channel toy story south america witnail kids Paramount adaptation directors remakes Holidays trailers Epix PBS scary movies Comedy Central zombie deadpool FOX space Hallmark Christmas movies sports criterion festivals Martial Arts psychological thriller dark quibi The Purge Pacific Islander marvel comics Cartoon Network 1990s YouTube Red nbcuniversal Winter TV DC streaming service Toys black E3 71st Emmy Awards Syfy OneApp crossover 73rd Emmy Awards theme song FXX TCA Awards Captain marvel social media 93rd Oscars 2017 political drama Western TV movies Year in Review Tokyo Olympics CBS All Access Infographic die hard Vudu halloween tv Calendar Grammys rt labs Nominations Reality Apple TV+ rt labs critics edition documentaries thriller ID crime drama Mary Poppins Returns Black History Month The Arrangement Awards heist movie anthology TV Land kaiju dceu nfl teaser slasher HBO spinoff cartoon 2019 DGA video TCA 2017 Apple sitcom king arthur italian women reviews new zealand A24 Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt police drama period drama indie Superheroe Netflix DC Comics hist Red Carpet target biopic The Witch Film Festival Drama VH1 popular Ovation satire Dark Horse Comics cults VICE E! natural history Spike dogs twilight new york biography Disney Plus Amazon Prime Video YA Pet Sematary politics WGN Food Network comic 4/20 Tumblr Ellie Kemper American Society of Cinematographers Turner Classic Movies scorecard cooking Wes Anderson Family Extras Heroines romance Chernobyl TruTV Amazon Walt Disney Pictures Disney streaming service Nickelodeon Horror Song of Ice and Fire rotten stoner Set visit laika award winner HBO Max Trophy Talk slashers mcc children's TV Funimation sequel Mindy Kaling 2021 The CW APB robots YouTube Premium zombies television Legendary DirecTV cats prank Classic Film Hallmark Marvel Studios cancelled TV series mutant adventure superhero lord of the rings Polls and Games Comics on TV Esquire movie New York Comic Con book adaptation unscripted comedies 2018 Box Office telelvision documentary Tarantino legend ABC Family christmas movies saw concert PlayStation fresh Exclusive Video cars HBO Go anime Fantasy 2020 name the review werewolf kong President technology Disney+ Disney Plus Tubi Freeform GoT Podcast Star Trek Crunchyroll boxoffice Countdown game of thrones supernatural breaking bad hispanic heritage month Creative Arts Emmys facebook Fox News mockumentary Trivia zero dark thirty First Look Character Guide worst 21st Century Fox ITV Masterpiece disaster canceled superman streaming movies king kong Quiz Photos versus sequels The Walking Dead Paramount Plus NBC Baby Yoda dragons Super Bowl Best and Worst sag awards Anna Paquin History AMC Emmys spanish language LGBT Interview SXSW Endgame free movies tv talk travel movies obituary spanish casting Action Mudbound binge TV One animated feel good posters ABC Signature Peacock venice CW Seed hidden camera high school rom-coms Pirates composers football renewed TV shows richard e. Grant 45 miniseries Mystery CNN Premiere Dates Country The Academy Sundance Now Logo Britbox IFC dc Adult Swim royal family Disney Channel USA crime razzies vampires FX SundanceTV all-time ratings medical drama GLAAD critic resources Travel Channel adenture Fox Searchlight Rom-Com Rocky Emmy Nominations Video Games joker