"Black Panther" Moves Closer to $1 Billion Mark; Earns $700 Million Globally

Posted March 02, 2018

The film still has much more to make as it will premiere in the Japanese market on March 1st before heading to China on March 9th.

"However, Black Panther and The Force Awakens are both films to drop by $94 million between weekends, effectively avoiding the categorization using the industry analysts' term, "$100-million-loser's club". This is behind Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015) with $149 million, and ahead of Jurassic World (2015) with $106.6 million and The Avengers (2012) with $103 million. Compare that to other Marvel movies like Avengers: Age of Ultron, with a drop around 60 percent, and it's clear that Black Panther isn't going to stop busting up expectations anytime soon.

It sure doesn't look like it, as even it its second weekend in theaters, Ryan Coogler's Black Panther is still busy breaking records.

Taking the No. 2 spot this week is "Game Night", bringing in an estimated $16.6 million in its debut weekend.

The kind of press coverage and reception Black Panther received, it was declared a success even before its release. It became the largest opening for an African-American director by sizable margin.

Chadwick Boseman plays T'Challa, the king of Wakanda and owner of the Black Panther mantle, alongside Lupita Nyong'o, Letitia White, Michael B. Jordan, Danai Gurira, Daniel Kaluuya, Martin Freeman, Andy Serkis, Angela Bassett and Forest Whitaker. Then again, that number pales to the $26, 877 theater average that "Black Panther" had, but it is still something of a silver lining for the sci-fi horror film starring Natalie Portman, Jennifer Jason Leigh and Tessa Thompson.

Directed by John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein, the story follows a couple whose regular game night with friends suddenly turns into a real-life murder mystery.

"Fifty Shades Freed" took fifth place with $6.9 million.

Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle ($5.7 million), The 15:17 to Paris ($3.6 million), The Greatest Showman ($3.4 million) and Early Man ($1.7 million) round out the top ten.