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Black Panther Reaches Another Milestone While Tomb Raider Hangs On

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Box office report March 18, 2018

Another weekend, another landmark achievement for Marvel’s Black Panther, by far one of their most successful features to date. Though the box office is starting to wind down for the film being on its fifth weekend, bringing in only $27 million, it’s still at #1 and has now crossed over $600 million domestic. If you’re playing along at home with the numbers, it should be worth noting that the film has already made more money domestically than Avengers: Age of Ultron and is just under $20 million from surpassing Marvel’s The Avengers.

The drop in gross came from the appeal of the weekend’s latest action picture, Tomb Raider, based on the video game series and starring Alicia Vikander. The film brought in $23.5 million for its opening, coming close to toppling Black Panther, but still coming up short of covering its $94 million budget. Considering the wealth of genre pictures coming up in the following weeks, don’t expect Tomb Raider to hang around for very long.

Just below the action-adventure Tomb Raider is the family-friendly drama I Can Only Imagine, making $17 million for its debut weekend. The soft drama starring Dennis Quaid and Cloris Leachman only cost $7 million to make, making the film a solid success. The other debut is the teen romance Love, Simon, earning $11.5 million. Despite being in third place among the new films of the weekend, the healthy Rotten Tomatoes score and good word of mouth may keep it hanging around for a bit.

And there were some big drops this weekend. The most prominent was A Wrinkle in Time, Disney’s fantasy picture based on the children’s novel, suffering from a low critic rating and audience score that made the film take a monumental 50% dip in its second weekend. The dark comedy Game Night and the family film Peter Rabbit are proving their worth to have legs, still in the top 10 and only taking drops below 30%. The only other film dipping as hard as A Wrinkle in Time is Eli Roth’s Death Wish, sliding all the way down to the 10 spot in its third weekend.

View the full top 10 below.

Black Panther ($27,024,000)
Tomb Raider ($23,525,000)
I Can Only Imagine ($17,064,640)
A Wrinkle in Time ($16,565,000)
Love, Simon ($11,500,000)
Game Night ($5,570,000)
Peter Rabbit ($5,200,000)
Strangers: Prey at Night ($4,810,000)
Red Sparrow ($4,450,000)
Death Wish ($3,368,000)

Next weekend could find Black Panther finally being dethroned by the debut of Pacific Rim Uprising, the giant robot sci-fi action sequel to 2013’s Pacific Rim. Other debuts for the weekend will include the animated kid comedy Sherlock Gnomes and the religious epic Paul, Apostle of Christ.

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Movie Magic: The De-Aging Technique of The Irishman

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Have you read Izzy yet? If so, you know that Izzy makes the apples that give the Gods their youth and immortality. It also seems Robert De Niro discovered one of Izzy’s apples too… In Martin Scorsese’s upcoming biographical film, he stars as Frank “The Irishman” Sheeran, a labor union leader and alleged hitman for the Bufalino crime family. The trailer for the movie, which will premieres NEXT WEEK (!), also features a “de-aged” De Niro. “We’re so used to watching them as the older faces,” Scorsese said in an interview on the A24 podcast. “Does it change the eyes at all? …If that’s the case, what was in the eyes that I liked? Was it intensity? Was it gravitas? Was it threat?…How do we get that? I don’t know.” Some might consider this magic and I for one can’t wait to see the impact of Izzy’s apples on screen for myself. 😉

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“Captain Marvel” Retains Top Slot at the Box Office

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It’s no surprise that in its second weekend, the first Marvel Cinematic Universe of 2019 is still riding high. Captain Marvel, the latest in the MCU with Brie Larson starring as the lead, generated another $69 million over the weekend, placing its domestic total at $266 million. Tallying up the international box office, the film’s global total to date is $760 million. Despite the online controversy, the film is looking to be another strong box office smash for Disney and Marvel.

As for the premieres for the weekend, and there were plenty, they were all over the map. Just below Captain Marvel was the animated adventure Wonder Park, bringing in $16 million, another film with controversy when the director’s name was removed from the picture after sexual harassment charges. Five Feet Apart, the dying teen drama about a romance amid cystic fibrosis, only came in at #3 with a weekend gross of $13 million. And debuting the lowest in the top 10 for debuts was Captive State, a sci-fi dystopian tale, only making $3 million. The film debuted so low the little film No Manches Frida 2 was able to sneak about it at #6 with a gross of $3.8 million.

Drops were fairly low all around for the returning films, mostly because Captain Marvel was dominating the previous weekend. The only milestone worth noting is that The LEGO Movie 2, after six weeks at the box office, finally cracked $100 million. And the sun is now setting on Green Book’s post-Oscar run by coming in at #10 for the final weekend of its top 10 run over the past few weeks.

View the full top ten weekend box office results below:

Captain Marvel ($69,318,000)

Wonder Park ($16,000,000)

Five Feet Apart ($13,150,000)

How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World ($9,345,000)

Tyler Perry’s A Madea Family Funeral ($8,085,000)

No Manches Frida 2 ($3,894,000)

Captive State ($3,163,000)

The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part ($2,135,000)

Alita: Battle Angel ($1,900,000)

Green Book ($1,277,000)

Next weekend, Captain Marvel may very well have some competition when Jordan Peele’s new horror film Us hits over 3,600 theaters.

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“Dragon” Continues To Soar, “Funeral” Close Behind, “Green Book” Back

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With little competition for the weekend, How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World, the third in the animated fantasy saga, was able to secure the box office once more. In its second weekend, the animated epic made $30 million to push its domestic total to $97 million. So far the film has done about the same as the previous film and is on track to stay in the top 10 for a few more weeks in March.

Debuts this weekend were small with one big exception. Tyler Perry’s latest Madea film, A Madea Family Funeral, naturally made a relatively big splash with its dedicated audience. Starting at #2, the film made $27 million for its first weekend. No word on the budget yet but it’s most likely on a budget as most Tyler Perry productions are, so it’s safe to call this a success, especially for debuting with a box office so close to Dragon.

The rest of the premieres were not as strong at all. Greta, the new thriller starring Chloe Moretz, debuted all the way down at #8 with $4.5 million box office. To be fair, however, the film was in a constant battle for its spot as three other films also reported earnings around $4 million for the weekend. Of note, Green Book, fresh off winning the Academy Award for Best Picture one weekend ago, splashed back into more theaters to arise even higher in the top 10 with its domestic total now sitting at $73 million. Don’t count on it remaining there long as bigger blockbusters will be swooping as we plow through the last remnants of winter movies.

Check out the full listing of the top 10 box office weekend results below:

How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World ($30,046,000)

Tyler Perry’s A Madea Family Funeral ($27,050,000)

Alita: Battle Angel ($7,000,000)

The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part ($6,615,000)

Green Book ($4,711,000)

Fighting With My Family ($4,691,284)

Isn’t it Romantic ($4,645,000)

Greta ($4,585,000)

What Men Want ($2,700,000)

Happy Death Day 2U ($2,516,000)

Next weekend is once again all about Marvel as their latest superhero solo film, Captain Marvel, will be appearing in 4,100 theaters.

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