Black Panther

Weekend Box Office: Panther Annihilates All Competitors

Marvel’s ‘Black Panther’ is now the third-fastest film to hit $400 million, and has landed the all-time #2 record for biggest second weekend. Although its placement on the podium didn’t allow for any of the newcomer movies to make much noise, each performed well in its own right.

After ten days, thanks to a healthy $108 million second week and a low 47% decline, ‘Black Panther‘ has grossed $400 million domestically. ‘The Force Awakens’ is the only movie to beat it to $400 million faster (eight days), and it’s currently tied with ‘Jurassic World’ (ten days) as the second title to do so. ‘The Force Awakens’ is also the only movie to have a bigger second week ($149.2 million) than ‘Black Panther’. With $304 million from overseas, Marvel’s latest has $704 million at the global box office and is already the studio’s fifth-highest domestic earner. (It’s only the tenth-highest worldwide MCU performer… so far.)

Warner Bros. rolled the dice with the R-rated ‘Game Night‘, and the risk paid off. Opening to $16.6 million, the comedy easily scored a second place finish. It also brought in $5.2 million from 22 international markets. Consider that it was produced on a budget of $37 million and has more markets to go, the film’s $21.8 million worldwide debut is a solid start.

Although Sony’s ‘Peter Rabbit‘ is a very bland kids’ movie, it’s thriving at the box office without any new family competition. The movie’s tame 28% third week drop-off resulted in a solid $12.5 million. After 17 days, its domestic earnings are already up to $71.2 million. The $50 million animation/live-action hybrid has yet to expand overseas.

Paramount’s unmarketable ‘Annihilation‘ debuted in at #4 with $11 million. While that’s a solid domestic performance for a $40 million hard sci-fi thriller, we’re never going to have a proper gauge on its profitability. Netflix owns the domestic distribution. Without a gauge on Netflix’s per-movie profitability or any knowledge of how much the streaming service paid for international distribution rights, we’re in the blind here.

Three-week-old ‘Fifty Shades Freed‘ rounded out the Top 5. Falling 60% from last weekend, it made $6.9 million. (Am I the only one who hears Bill & Ted yell “69, dude!” when I read that?) The $55 million racy romance flick has collected $89.5 million over the last 17 days, which is down $57.8 million from where the first movie was at this point, and $14.2 million from the second. With $230.8 million at the foreign box office, its worldwide total ($320.3 million) is $60.7 million away from the bowing mark of the first sequel and $250.6 million away from the original movie.

Every Day‘, Orion Picture’s first widely distributed film in over 20 years, managed to crack the Top 10 with a small but solid opening that was right in line with what the studio hoped. From 1,667 screens, the teen body-swapping drama made $3.1 million and locked in the #9 spot. Produced on a $4.9 million budget with a dinky marketing campaign, this is a perfect relaunch for the rebounding distributor.

Top 10:

1. ‘Black Panther’ (Buena Vista) – $108,046,000

2. ‘Game Night’ (Warner Bros.) – $16,600,000

3. ‘Peter Rabbit’ (Sony) – $12,545,000

4. ‘Annihilation’ (Paramount) – $11,000,000

5. ‘Fifty Shades Freed’ (Universal) – $6,915,000

6. ‘Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle’ (Sony) – $5,650,000

7. ‘The 15:17 to Paris’ (Warner Bros.) – $3,600,000

8. ‘The Greatest Showman’ (Fox) – $3,400,000

9. ‘Every Day’ (Orion) – $3,103,996

10. ‘Early Man’ (Lionsgate) – $1,700,000

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