Box Office: ‘Black Panther’ Growls with $65.7-M in 3rd Frame
$DIS, $FOX, $SNE
Two R-rated action pics opened opposite Black Panther in North America: Red Sparrow, a spy thriller starring Lawrence, and Willis’ Death Wish remake.
From Fox and Chernin Entertainment, Red Sparrow beat Death Wish with an estimated $17 million from 3,056 theaters to place 2nd.
Red Sparrow played best on both coasts, while slightly under-indexing in Middle America. Females made up the majority of ticket buyers (53), while nearly 80% of the audience was over the age of 25.
Death Wish, a remake of the Y 1974 revenge thriller, opened to an estimated $13-M from 2,847 locations, and took 3rd place.
Death Wish skewed male (57 percent), and played even older than Red Sparrow, with 30% of ticket buyers 35 and older.
Both films earned a B+ CinemaScore from audiences.
At the specialty box office
Several movies competing in the Oscar race that are still in theaters benefited from a last-minute boost of interest before Sunday’s Academy Awards ceremony.
Guillermo del Toro’s frontrunner The Shape of Water was up 19% from last weekend, grossing an estimated $1.4-M from 832 theaters for a domestic box office of $57.4-M.
Sony Pictures Classics (NYSE:SNE) waited until Oscar weekend to open the Israeli film Foxtrot, which is up for best foreign-language feature. The film earned an estimated $36,786 from 4 theaters for a location average of $9,117.
Back in the Top 10 chart
New Line comedy Game Night placed fourth with an estimated $10.7-M for a domestic total of $33.5-M. Overseas, it earned $8.4-M from 46 markets for a foreign total of $16-M and $49.5-M globally.
Sony’s Peter Rabbit rounded out the Top 5 domestically with an estimated $10-M for a domestic box office of $84.1-M. Overseas, the family film took in $14.3-M for an overseas tally of $101.9-M and $186-M globally.
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