While everyone assumed Black Panther would be huge, as Marvel continually takes their B and C-level players to A-list box office performances, I don't think anyone expected this performance. The latest Marvel film has grossed $501.1 million in North America in 17 days, enough to become the 10th highest grossing film in US history, so far.
Jennifer Lawrence hit her third not so hot opening film with "Red Sparrow" that flew much lower than Marvel's blockbuster (and soon to hit $1 billion) "Black Panther, which took the top spot for the third week at the box office". The latest cume brings the movie's domestic revenue to cross the $500 million mark domestically and its worldwide gross to almost $900 million. Death Wish-a remake of the classic Charles Bronson film starring legacy action hero Bruce Willis-brought in $4.2 million on Friday and landed a paltry Rotten Tomatoes score of 15 percent. It is worth noting, too, that it's also earned over $800 million worldwide and should have no problem breaking into the $1 billion club.
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It has now grossed a total of $501.1 million in North America alone.
While Black Panther fell outside of time frame for this Academy Awards, it is speculated that the film will definitely shine in next year's Oscars. It feels as though Marvel's latest has done nothing but break box office records and pass milestones since it released just a few weeks ago. We also get the horror sequel THE STRANGERS: PREY AT NIGHT, which could end up surprising everyone because there are now no horror films in the top ten. But "Death Wish" is in a better position to turn a profit, as it is the cheaper of this weekend's releases with a $30 million budget. And another premiere, "Death Wish" from MGM, captured $13 million in ticket sales to open in third place. Trending slightly better than Darker (had Freed followed the same path, it would have finished with about what it has earned now) Fifty Shades Freed will wheeze over the $100 million mark before it's done, but that's about it.
Rounding out the top five are Warner Bros'. comedy Game Night, with about $10.7 million, and Sony's animated movie Peter Rabbit, with about $10 million. The Post crossed $80 million domestically while Phantom Thread reached $20 million.