'Black Panther' surpasses 'Tomb Raider' for fifth box office crown

Black Panther Photograph:( Twitter )

Reuters Los Angeles, CA, USA Mar 19, 2018, 02.05 AM (IST)

Disney-Marvel’s “Black Panther” continued to dominate the domestic box office in the United States, retaining its position for the fifth consecutive weekend with $27 million from 3,834 locations.

Alicia Vikander’s action-drama “Tomb Raider” finished second in its opening weekend in line with expectations with $23.5 million from 3,854 sites for Warner Bros. and MGM. Lionsgate-Roadside Attractions’ faith-based drama “I Can Only Imagine” outperformed forecasts with $17.1 million at 1,629 venues.

Disney’s second weekend of time-travel adventure “A Wrinkle in Time” followed in fourth with $16.6 million at 3,980 locations, lifting its 10-day total to $61.1 million. Fox’s launch of gay teen comedy-drama “Love, Simon” took fifth with $11.5 million at 2,402 venues.

“Black Panther” has become only the seventh title to pass the $600 million milestone at the North American box office, and is the second-fastest film to do so. Among other things, the film also earned the fourth-highest fifth weekend of all time while becoming the first film to earn the top spot for five weekends in a row since 2009’s “Avatar.”

The overall box office took in about $130 million, down 50 percent from the same weekend last year when Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” opened with $174.5 million. 

With "Black Panther" going strong, the year-to-date box office is up 2 percent over the same period a year ago at $2.5 billion, according to comScore.