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Box Office: Black Panther Crosses $1 Billion Worldwide

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Box Office Report March 11, 2018

It was a rather interesting weekend as two Disney films directed by black director battled for the top slot. The winner was as expected, but it was almost a close call.

Black Panther, the Marvel superhero picture now in its fourth weeks, was once again #1 for the weekend, bringing in $41.1 million. This latest gross brings the domestic total to $562 million and its worldwide total $1 billion. It’s already on track to be one of the most successful Marvel superhero movies, its domestic total dominating what Avengers: Age of Ultron made in four weeks.

Following close to Black Panther’s success, and taking a sizeable chunk of the weekend box office buy, is Ava Duvernay’s A Wrinkle in Time, the family fantasy based on the classic book. In its opening weekend, the film made $33.3 million. Despite a mixed critic score, it may have the legs to stick around for the month considering the lack of PG films for the rest of the month. That being said, it’ll still have to contend with PG-13 genre pictures that are more than likely to draw a large child audience.

In the #3 slot is the new horror sequel Strangers: Prey at Night, earning $10.4 million. Further down the list is Rob Cohen’s heist/disaster fusion picture The Hurricane Heist, bringing in a pitiful $3.1 million. And even further down, out of the top 10, is the action comedy Gringo, starring David Oyelowo, debuting with only $2.6 million.

Last week’s films took a deep slide. The Russian-themed thriller Red Sparrow took a 51% drop from last weekend, making only $8.1 million. Death Wish, the Bruce Willis starring action remake, dipped 49% to only make $6.6 million. Sandwiched between both of them is the dark comedy Game Night and the kid comedy Peter Rabbit, proving that both of them have sturdy legs for the month.

Sadly, Annihilation continues to tumble in the top 10, this time dropping down to #9 in its third week to make $3.1 million, its domestic total sitting at a low $26 million. And the long-standing blockbuster Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle is still in the top 10, despite hitting home video soon. Pulling in $2.7 million, the adventure picture is only $3 million away from making $400 million domestic. It will reach this goal, but probably won’t be in the top 10 next weekend.

View the top 10 weekend box office list below.
Black Panther ($41,136,000)
A Wrinkle in Time ($33,316,000)
Strangers: Prey at Night ($10,480,000)
Red Sparrow ($8,150,000)
Game Night ($7,905,000)
Peter Rabbit ($6,800,000)
Death Wish ($6,600,000)
The Hurricane Heist ($3,150,000)
Annihilation ($3,150,000)
Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle ($2,755,000)

Next weekend will find Black Panther and A Wrinkle in Time going up against the likes of the action adventure film Tomb Raider and the teen romantic drama Love Simon. Tomb Raider is the only real competition as it’ll be debuting in over 3,600 theaters.


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“Lego” Makes Little Splash at #1 For Weekend

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As we head into February, a larger crop of films are headed to the theater to take the top spot away from films that have been dominating the top 5 for quite some time. And while most of the older films were knocked a few spots down, the champions of the weekend didn’t exactly have the grandest of debuts for being so high on the charts.

While it’s no surprise that The Lego Movie 2, the sequel to 2014’s surprise hit of an animated film, was at #1, it wasn’t by as hefty an amount as the previous movie. The animated sequel premiered at $34 million, surprisingly weak considering how strong the last film did on its first weekend. Still, it’s by far the highest of the weekend box office. Just below it at #2 was the gender-based comedy What Men Want, starring Taraji P. Henson and Tracy Morgan, coming in with $19 million. And just below that was the thriller Cold Pursuit, starring Liam Neeson and Laura Dern, at #3 with $10.8 million. And debuting even further down at #6 is the new horror film The Prodigy with a weekend debut gross of $6 million.

Aside from the thriller Miss Bala taking the biggest dip of the weekend at 60%, most returning films took very low drops in box office. The lowest drops were for the heartwarming dramas of The Upside and Green Book, only dropping 16% and 18% respectively. Finally being knocked out of the top 5 was Aquaman with a current domestic gross of $328 million and Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse with $179 million.

Check out the full top 10 for the weekend below:

The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part ($34,400,000)

What Men Want ($19,000,000)

Cold Pursuit ($10,800,000)

The Upside ($7,220,000)

Glass ($6,422,000)

The Prodigy ($6,004,403)

Green Book ($3,567,000)

Aquaman ($3,300,000)

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse ($3,040,000)

Miss Bala ($2,725,000)

Next weekend will be Valentine’s Day weekend where romantic comedy will do battle against futuristic cyborgs and bloody curses. Isn’t It Romantic, the romantic comedy satire starring Rebel Wilson, will hit over 3,300 theaters. Happy Death Day 2U, the horror sequel about a woman who can’t stop by dying, will premiere to 3,000 theaters. And Alita: Battle Angel, the dystopian sci-fi adventure based on the classic manga, will premiere to 3,700 theaters.


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“Glass” Glows Amid Dim Weekend

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The weekend of the Super Bowl found the box office low about as expected with not a single film making over $10 million for the weekend. As such, there were very few surprises with which films ended up where. Just as with last week, Glass is at #1 for its third weekend, coming in with $9.5 million, shaping up to be another financially successful film from M. Night, though it’ll start dropping as we head into February. Just behind it is the dramedy The Upside, pulling up close with $8.8 million as it expanded into a few more theaters for the weekend.

The premiere for the weekend, Miss Bala, a cartel thriller, only debuted at #3 with a box office debut of $6.7 million. Not a very strong opening but it did manage to get just above the December box office hang-on superhero movies of Aquaman and Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, still in the top 5. Green Book, coming up on awards season, soared higher in the box office upon expansion and The Kid Who Would Be King, unfortunately, won’t be seeing much of an audience going into February.

Debuting in a very limited engagement is Peter Jackson’s They Shall Not Grow Old, a WWI documentary with restored footage. The film had originally opened the last week of December in a handful of theaters but thankfully expanded into more theaters where it was strong enough to make it to #10.

Glass ($9,535,000)
The Upside ($8,850,000)
Miss Bala ($6,700,000)
Aquaman ($4,785,000)
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse ($4,410,000)
Green Book ($4,317,000)
The Kid Who Would Be King ($4,200,000)
A Dog’s Way Home ($3,510,000)
Escape Room ($2,900,000)
They Shall Not Grow Old ($2,405,000)

Next weekend is all about the LEGO. LEGO Movie 2, the animated sequel, will be hitting over 4,000 theaters. Also opening will be the thriller Cold Pursuit in 2,500 theaters, the killer-kid horror The Prodigy opening in 2,500 theaters, and the gender comedy What Men Want in 2,800 theaters.





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“Glass” Holds Firm, “King” and “Serenity” Sink

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M. Night’s Glass already had a lot of hype for being the most anticipated movie of January and the popularity is proving it. Now in its second weekend, the thriller has made another $19 million and has shown itself to be a box office success even in the colder months of January where it’s not exactly pulling in the largest of box office numbers. Not exactly a twist from a director known for twists.

The premieres for the weekend didn’t fare well at all. The Kid Who Would Be King, Joe Cornish’s kid-oriented fantasy of modern knights and demons, debuted only at #4 with a weekend gross of $7.2 million, lagging not far behind Aquaman which made $7.3 million. It seems strange that family entertainment wouldn’t be a bigger hit in a month with little of that. But then again, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is still in theaters and still doing well at #5, proving to have the legs to stick around into February as it continues to win awards for being a groundbreaking animated film.

Also debuting lower is Serenity, a new drama by Steven Knight. This one doesn’t seem as surprising given both the lack of promotion for the picture and the abysmally negative critic reviews, declaring the film as an early front-runner for the worst of the year. The movie only came in at #8 for the weekend with a gross of $4.8 million.

Worth noting is that Dragon Ball Super: Broly is still hanging in the top 10, latching onto the #10 spot with a gross of $3.6 million. Though not the biggest box office compared to its competition, it’s a big success for FUNimation pushing anime into theaters given they’ve yet to have as big of a release as this one and for such a long time. Most anime they release in theaters are only present for a weekend if that and tend not to crack the top 10 as often. Dragon Ball Super has become the exception and may lead to more anime screenings to larger theater counts in the future.

See the full top 10 for the weekend below:
Glass ($19,049,000)
The Upside ($12,240,000)
Aquaman ($7,350,000)
The Kid Who Would Be King ($7,250,000)
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse ($6,150,000)
Green Book ($5,413,000)
A Dog’s Way Home ($5,225,000)
Serenity ($4,800,000)
Escape Room ($4,275,000)
Dragon Ball Super: Broly ($3,600,000)





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