Box Office: ‘Tomb Raider’ Falls to the ‘Black Panther’

Box Office: ‘Tomb Raider’ Falls to the ‘Black Panther’

Box Office: ‘Tomb Raider’ Falls to the ‘Black Panther’

$DIS, $LGF, $TWX, $FOX, $SNE

The faith-based ‘I Can Only Imagine’ beats ‘A Wrinkle in Time’ and ‘Love, Simon.’

Black Panther continued to make history in its 5th outing at the domestic box office with a $27-M take becoming only the 7th film ever to cross the $600-M mark in North America.

The other big headline of the weekend was Roadside Attractions and Lionsgate’s (NYSE:LGF) faith-based film I Can Only Imagine, which overperformed. The movie debuted to $17.1-M from 1,628 cinemas to beat A Wrinkle of Time and Love, Simon in a surprise upset.

Black Panther is the 1st film since Avatar 8 years ago to top the chart for 5 straight weekends, and only the third pic to do so in 19 years after Avatar and The Sixth Sense. The Disney (NYSE:DIS) and Marvel superhero movie finished Sunday with a domestic box office of $605.4-M and $1.182-B globally, and on track to become the top-grossing Superhero pic of all time in North America.

Tomb Raider‘s muted domestic bow of $23.5-M from 3,854 theaters is a disappointment for Warner Bros. and MGM, which partnered in rebooting the female-led franchise that is based on the video-game.

The $90-M film earned a B CinemaScore. Females made up just 44% of ticket buyers.

The movie topped the foreign weekend chart with $84.5-M from 65 markets for an overseas take of $102.5-M and $126-M globally.

Tomb Raider placed # 2 in North America, followed by I Can Only Imagine, which marks the biggest opening in Roadside’s history. The movie skewed heavily female (67%) and older, with 80% of the audience over the age of 35.

Coming in at # 4, Wrinkle in Time grossed $16.6-M in its 2nd weekend domestically, falling 50%, a fantasy-adventure, from Disney, has earned $61.1-M in North America and $71.7-M globally.

Fox’s (NASDAQ:FOX) YA adaptation Love, Simon disappointed. The film took 5th place with $11.5-M from 2,402 theaters.  Love, Simon cost $17-M to produce.

Both Love, Simon and I Can Only Imagine garnered the coveted A+ CinemaScores.

Focus Features, Working Title and Participant Media’s terrorist drama 7 Days in Entebbe debuted to $1.6 million from 838 theaters.

At the specialty box office

A new teen dramedy Flower scored the highest theater average of the weekend ($19,284) upon earning $57,851 from 3 theaters.

Elsewhere

New Line’s Game Night placed # 6 in its 4th frame with $11.5-M for a domestic box office of $54-M.

On global screens

Guillermo del Toro’s Oscar-winning The Shape of Water upped its worldwide total to $173.5-M after debuting in China to a stellar $10.3-M, and topping the $100-M mark internationally. The adult fairy tale has grossed $62.7-M domestically and $110.8-M overseas to date.

Sony’s (NYSE:SNE) family film Peter Rabbit passed the $100-M mark domestically and took in $42.7-M overseas from its first 22 markets.

Sony also celebrated Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle clearing the $400-M threshold domestically, becoming only the 2nd film in the studio’s history to do so.

Have some fun, see a movie this week.

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