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Weekend Box Office: Black Panther's reign continues unchallenged

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As predicted, Black Panther’s reign over the international box office continued this past weekend: The film pulled in in an additional $108 million at the domestic box office and $83.8 million internationally, pushing its worldwide total over $700 million and its domestic total to more than $400 million. Those numbers will both continue to climb, obviously—particularly the international totals, as Black Panther has yet to debut in Japan as well as the all-important Chinese market, where it won’t open until March 9. In the meantime, the U.K. remains the film’s biggest overseas cheerleader, with an estimated $41.2 million in tickets sold so far.

Back in the U.S., Black Panther ($108 million) overtook Jurassic World ($106.5 million) to seize the title of second-biggest second weekend of all time at the domestic box office, surpassed only by Star Wars: Episode VII—The Force Awakens’ $149 million. And as final numbers come in later this afternoon, Black Panther may very well end up surpassing Jurassic World as the second-fastest film to ever hit $400 million at the domestic box office—again, coming in second to The Force Awakens, which made $440 million in eight days. (Jurassic World and Black Panther are neck-in-neck at the time of this writing, with $402 million and $400 million in 10 days, respectively.) Regardless of how that one statistic shakes out, though, the film is doing gangbusters business, and will likely end up as one of the MCU’s top films of all time; it’s already surpassed Iron Man 3 and Captain America: Civil War at the domestic box office in its second weekend of release.

Also like last week, Black Panther absolutely stomped its closest competitor, the amiable, star-studded David Fincher riff Game Night, which rode a wave of pleasantly surprised reviews to No. 2 at the domestic box office. That film made $16.6 million, putting it slightly ahead of last week’s No. 2, Peter Rabbit, which held (relatively) strong at No. 3 in its third week with $12.5 million, hopping ahead of predictions.


Low expectations proved prophetic for the weekend’s other new releases, however: Predictions that Annihilation would repeat its predecessor Ex Machina’s pattern of great reviews and soft box office proved correct, as the film opened at No. 4 with $11 million. The film’s future prospects are mixed as well: Although its domestic per-theater average of $5,467 is better than any other film in this week’s top 10—except, of course, Black Panther—the deal Paramount struck with Netflix last year for exclusive international distribution rights means that it won’t have international box office to boost its overall numbers. Meanwhile, the suits over at Orion Films are reportedly perfectly happy with the ninth-place debut of Every Day, its first theatrical release under the the newly relaunched Orion shingle; made on a budget of only $5 million and launched in a relatively paltry 1,667 theaters, its $3.1 million opening weekend lines right up with studio expectations.

For more detailed numbers, visit Box Office Mojo.

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