'Black Panther' set to overtake 'Avengers' box office record

Black Panther box office

The 18th release in Marvel's Cinematic Universe of superhero movies has earned $605 million in the USA and Canada, according to box office tracker Exhibitor Relations, and is the first film since "Avatar" (2009) to chalk up five consecutive top spots. The 2001 original opened $47.7 million and grossed $274.7 million worldwide, but the big-budget 2003 sequel flopped, opening with $21.8 million domestically and grossing $156.5 million worldwide. "Simon", starring Nick Robinson as a conflicted high schooler, notched an A+ CinemaScore with the audience, giving Fox execs hope for strong word of mouth and extended playability.

The blockbuster grossed $27 million in ticket sales over the weekend, pushing its domestic haul to $605.4 million and its global haul to more than $1.1 billion, according to studio estimates on Sunday. If it continues its position and stays active in the fifth week, then in the last eight years, it would be the first film after Avatar to top its position even in the fifth weekend of release. "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" tops the list at $936 million followed by "Avatar" at $760 million. So yes, Black Panther is only the third movie in almost twenty years to hit that mark.

"Black Panther" will face competition next weekend from Universal-Legendary's launch of "Pacific Rim: Uprising" and Paramount's animated comedy "Sherlock Gnomes".

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A Wrinkle in Time dropped 50 percent during its second weekend and fell to fourth place.

Faith based movie I Can Only Imagine is new at 3 and gets the highest per screen average on the charts and has far outstripped expectation, the film takes $17 million for the weekend.

Rounding out the top tier are "Game Night" at No. 6 with $5.6 million, "Peter Rabbit" at No. 7 with $5.2 million, "Strangers: Prey at Night" at No. 8 with $4.8 million, "Red Sparrow" at No. 9 with $4.5 million and "Death Wish" at No. 10 with $3.4 million.

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