Black Panther Edges Closer To $1 Billion Worldwide
Two weeks on from its record-breaking opening weekend and Marvel's Black Panther continues to dominate the global box office. Holding onto to US top spot for a third week, Black Panther grossed an estimated $66 million and pushed its domestic haul to a gigantic $500 million.
Internationally, Ryan Coogler's movie has generated almost $400 million, which means that Black Panther will join the $1 billion club before the end of the week. To put these enormous numbers into perspective, Black Panther currently has the second biggest domestic haul for a Marvel movie and is looking likely to topple The Avengers $623 million total before it finishes its record-breaking run.
Elsewhere in the US top ten, Jennifer Lawrence reunites with Hunger Games 2-4 director Francis Lawrence (no relation) for hard-edged espionage thriller Red Sparrow. Taking an estimated $17 million for the weekend, Red Sparrow opened to slightly less than last year's similarly themed Atomic Blonde. While not the out the gate hit 20th Century Fox had hoped for, Red Sparrow added $26 million from the international box office, so recouping that $69 million production budget is well within reach.
The remake of Death Wishcame in third place with an estimated $13 million. Starring Bruce Willis and directed by Eli Roth, the remake of Michael Winner's cult thriller that starred Charles Bronson hasn't been well received critically. Aside from a cameo in Split, Willis has been mostly absent from the big screen for the last couple of years and has been giving Nicolas Cage a run for his money in the direct to DVD market. Willis will be back on the big screen next year reuniting with M. Night Shyamalan and Samuel L. Jackson in Unbreakable/Split sequel Glass.
Black Panther's only serious competition for next weekend is Disney's A Wrinkle In Time starring Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon, Mindy Kaling, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Zach Galifianakis, and Chris Pine. Early estimates put the fantasy adaptation of Madeleine L'Engle's book at $35-$40 million, which might not be enough to dethrone King T'Challa.