Published: Tue, March 20, 2018
Entertaiment | By Kelly Sanders

'Black Panther' Tops Box Office for Fifth Straight Week

'Black Panther' Tops Box Office for Fifth Straight Week

The 18th release in Marvel's Cinematic Universe of superhero movies has earned $605 million in the U.S. and Canada, according to box office tracker Exhibitor Relations, and is the first film since "Avatar" (2009) to chalk up five consecutive top spots. "Black Panther" is now one of just four films in the last 20 years to top the box office for five weeks straight.

Avatar managed to rule the box office charts for seven consecutive weekends upon its release - and it's not totally inconceivable that Black Panther could match, or even surpass, that milestone if a strong interest in the film continues.

Ryan Coogler's superhero epic added another $27 million over the weekend, edging out Warner Brothers' Tomb Raider reboot.

"Black Panther" has also gone on to become only the seventh film ever, in all categories, to record $600 million in ticket sales in North America.

Tomb Raider opened in second place with $23.5 million. So far the film has brought in $605.4 million, while worldwide "Black Panther" has grossed more than $1.1 billion.

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Rounding out the top five was "Love, Simon", led by Nick Robinson, Josh Duhamel and Jennifer Garner, earning an estimated $11.5 million. Game Night fell from fifth to sixth with $5.6 million over the weekend, to raise it four-week total to $54.2 million as it begins what will presumably be its exit from the top ten in the very near future. Historic numbers all around and Black Panther isn't quite done.

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

Internationally, the remake earned an estimated $84.5 million, bringing its global total to an estimated $102.5 million.

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