Weekend Box Office: Black Panther reigns over Oscars weekend

While Hollywood was busy fêting itself at the Oscars (and, to a lesser extent, the Independent Spirit Awards) over the weekend, a film that sure as hell better be nominated for Best Costume Design next year continued to dominate at the box office. That film was, of course, Black Panther, which easily came in at No. 1 at the U.S. box office for the third week in a row, crossing the $500 million mark domestically and taking the title of 10th highest-grossing domestic release of all time. Worldwide, it’s sneaking up on another massive milestone—a $1 billion gross—with $897,705,037 and counting.

Although the drop from Black Panther to the No. 2 film, Red Sparrow, wasn’t as steep as it’s been in past weeks—Black Panther pulled in $65.7 million, 3.8 times Red Sparrow’s $17 million—that’s still great momentum for a movie that’s currently in its third week in U.S. theaters. Coming in third place was the weekend’s other new wide release, Eli Roth’s spectacularly ill-timed Death Wish remake, which debuted at a relatively soft $13 million to an audience that was, unsurprisingly, majority male and over the age of 35 (a.k.a. the “Mancow demo”).

The rest of this weekend’s top 10 is about what you’d expect: Diminishing returns for films like Game Night—which dropped from No. 2 to No. 4 in its second week—Peter Rabbit, and Annihilation, hanging in there alongside the unexpectedly long-lived Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle and The Greatest Showman, both of which are currently in their eleventh week. That last one is the only Oscar nominee still in the Top 10, although if you scroll a little bit further down the charts you’ll see a solid block of Oscar nominees, from Best Picture winner The Shape Of Water at No. 12 to Best Supporting Actress winner I, Tonya at No. 19, filling out the Top 20. Here’s how this year’s Best Picture nominees stacked up in terms of domestic box office:

  • Dunkirk—$188.05 million
  • Get Out—$176.04 million
  • The Post—$80.37 million
  • The Shape Of Water—$57.39 million
  • Darkest Hour—$55.42 million
  • Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri—$52 million
  • Lady Bird—$48.29 million
  • Phantom Thread—$20.13 million
  • Call Me by Your Name—$17.05 million

Interesting to note is that although The Shape Of Water was dwarfed by Dunkirk and Get Out’s box-office success, it’s still the highest grossing Best Picture winner of the past five years.

For more detailed numbers, please visit Box Office Mojo.

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