The King of Wakanda added $27 million for a five week total of $605M in the US. This makes “Black Panther” only the seventh film in history to make more than $600M domestically. It is also the seventh highest domestic grossing film of all time, without adjusting for inflation, and fourteenth worldwide. Further, “Black Panther” is only $18M away from taking over as the highest grossing superhero film ever. And, it is the first film since “Avatar” in 2009 to spend at least five consecutive weeks at #1.
The reincarnation of “Tomb Raider” opened in second place with $23M. The video game heroine, Lara Croft, had a stronger showing overseas. The film grossed another $102M, giving it a first week total of about $126M. In 2001, the original “Lara Croft: Tomb Raider” opened with $47M and went on to earn almost $275M worldwide.
The biggest surprise of the weekend was another box office newcomer. The Christian-themed ,”I Can Only Imagine,” opened in third place with $17M. The film from Roadside Attractions cost $7M to produce. This is the seventh highest opening for a Christian-themed film behind “The Passion of the Christ,” the “Chronicles of Narnia” films, and “Heaven is for Real.”
“A Wrinkle in Time” dropped from second to fourth place in week 2. The Disney fantasy added $16M, giving it a two week total of $61M in the US. It also earned $10M in international ticket sales, putting it at $71M so far.
Another newcomer to theaters, “Love, Simon” debuted in fifth place with $11.5M. Based on the young adult novel of the same name, this is the seventh highest opening for an LGBT-themed film. It has not opened internationally yet, but will be moving into some markets this week, before fully expanding by mid-June.
The rest of the Top 10 have been around for a few weeks. “Game Night” moved down to sixth with $5.5M. “Peter Rabbit” moved to seventh with $5.2M. “Strangers: Prey at Night” fell from last week’s third place down to eighth with $4.8M. “Red Sparrow” suffered a similar fate, falling from fourth to ninth place with $4.4M. And Eli Roth’s remake of the 1970s film, “Death Wish” held onto the Top 10 with $3.3M.
Next week’s new releases include “Midnight Sun,” “Pacific Rim 2,” “Paul, Apostle of Christ,” “Sherlock Gnomes,” and “Unsane.”