‘Black Panther’ Continues to Break Box Office Records With Fourth Week at #1

Marvel’s “Black Panther” crossed the billion dollar line this week, and won a fourth straight weekend, according to Box Office Mojo.

The heroes of Wakanda earned another $41 million in the US. “Black Panther” reached $562M domestic, and $1.07 Billion worldwide. It is the second highest grossing film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, trailing only “The Avengers,” and by only $61M. In worldwide numbers, the newest Avenger is in fifth place behind both “Avengers” movies, “Iron Man 3” and “Captain America: Civil War.”

“Black Panther” joins an elite club. Only 33 films have earned more than $1B worldwide. And this film is currently at 21st place on the all-time worldwide chart. With several weeks to go before summer blockbuster season gets fully underway, this film has nothing but time to continue breaking records. Further, Ryan Coogler is only the third person of color to direct a billion dollar film, following James Wan and F. Gary Gray from the “Fast and Furious” franchise.

Making its debut this weekend was Ava DuVernay‘s adaptation of “A Wrinkle in Time.” The film opened with $33M. While some try to call this opening a disappointment, this is a significant moment. This is the first weekend in history that African-American directors with $100M+ budgets took the top two spots at the box office. “A Wrinkle in Time” added $6M overseas, too, where it opened in a few markets. DuVernay’s film opened at about the same level as other Disney films like “Tomorrowland” and “Enchanted.”

Read our review of “A Wrinkle in Time” here.

Also debuting this weekend was third place finisher, “Strangers: Prey at Night.” The sequel to 2008’s “The Strangers” earned $10.4M in its first outing. The first film opened to $20M ten years ago, and went on to gross $53M overall.

Red Sparrow” dropped from second to fourth, adding $8.1M to its total. The Jennifer Lawrence-led action/spy/thriller has earned $31M in the US, and $82M worldwide, on a budget of $69M.

And hanging onto the top 5 is “Game Night,” with another $7.9M. The comedy has earned $45M in domestic ticket sales, with an additional $24.7M worldwide. This puts it well ahead of is $37M production budget.

Sony’s hybrid live-action/CGI movie “Peter Rabbit” finished in sixth place with $6.8M, and has earned $119M worldwide. The Eli Roth/Bruce Willis revenge/thriller remake “Death Wish” dropped from third to seventh place with $6.6M. It has earned $23M in two weeks.

Also opening this week was the caper flick “The Hurricane Heist,” in eighth place. The fifth film from Entertainment Studios opens with $3.1M on a budget of $35M.

Alex Garland’s women-led sci-fi film, “Annihilation,” dropped into ninth place with $3.1M as well. After final adjustments are made, it may end up just edging into the eighth spot. The film has not posted any overseas numbers, likely due to the fact that it is premiering on Netflix in Europe next week.

And holding onto the top 10 is “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” with $2.7M. The sequel to the 1995 movie has taken in almost $400M in the US, with an international total of $936M.

Next week’s new releases are “7 Days in Entebbe,” “I Can Only Imagine,” “Love, Simon,” and “Tomb Raider.”

Did you see “Black Panther” or “A Wrinkle in Time” this weekend? Or something else? Comment below and share!