Weekend Box Office: Black Panther Soars with $192M Debut
Black Panther dominates the box-office
With a roar at the Box Office, Marvel’s “Black Panther” is expected to gross over $192M domestically this weekend, earning another top-spot for the popular studio.
The holiday weekend isn’t even over yet, but “Black Panther” is already expected to bring-in over $192M across 4,020 locations. That is just for the traditional weekend, and Monday is surely going to increase that debut. “Black Panther” was written and directed by Ryan Coogler, the film stars Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o, Martin Freeman, Angela Bassett, Forest Whitaker, and Andy Serkis.
If you want to compare the opening weekend of “Black Panther” to the other Marvel superhero debuts, “Captain America” made over $65M on his opening weekend back in 2011, which was the same year that the mighty “Thor” grossed $65M. Robert Downey’s hit “Iron Man” brought-in almost $99M in 2008. Marvel’s “Ant-Man” had a $57M debut in 2015, while “Doctor Strange” grossed $85M in 2016, and the “Guardians of the Galaxy” together made over $94M.
Sony’s “Peter Rabbit” hopped into the second-place spot this week, earning $17M across 3,725 locations. This raises the animated-comedies’ two-week total to just over $48M domestically. “Peter Rabbit” was directed by Will Gluck, the film features the voice talents of Daisy Ridley, Margot Robbie, Rose Byrne, James Corden, Domhnall Gleeson, Elizabeth Debicki, and Sam Neill.
The Universal hit “Fifty Shades Freed” dropped to number-three over the weekend, earning $17M and raising the film’s two-week total to $76M domestically. “Fifty Shades Freed” was directed by James Foley, the film stars Dakota Johnson, Jamie Dornan, Kim Basinger, Arielle Kebbel, Luke Grimes, Max Martini, and Callum Keith Rennie.
Sony also took fourth-place this weekend with the action-comedy “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle”. The film earned another $8M this weekend, and has grossed over $377M over the last nine-weeks
Fifth-place went to “The 15:17 to Paris,” which earned $7.6M, and now has a domestic total of $25M in two-weeks.
Not making the top-five but worth mentioning are “Early Man” and “Samson”. Lionsgate’s “Early Man” only made $3M this weekend, while “Samson” only pulled-in $1.9M. “Early Man” was directed by Nick Park, the film features the voice talents of Tom Hiddleston, Eddie Redmayne, and Maisie Williams. “Samson” was directed by Bruce Macdonald and Gabriel Sabloff, the film features Jackson Rathbone, Billy Zane, and Taylor James.
While it’s entirely possible that Marvel’s Black Panther could win next weekend as well, it won’t be a walk in the park. “Black Panther” will have to beat the Natalie Portman thriller “Annihilation,” and the adult-comedy “Game Night”. The romantic-drama “Every Day,” starring Angourie Rice, Justice Smith, and Debby Ryan is also set to release next weekend.