'Black Panther' Continues Dominating Box Office With $108M in Second Weekend

02 March, 2018, 00:00 | Author: Sheri Evans
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Director Ryan Coogler's third feature effort, Black Panther, lives up to expectations. In two weeks, "Black Panther" has grossed $400 million domestically and $704 million worldwide.

Starring alongside the likes of Michael B Jordan, Lupita Nyong'o and Daniel Kaluuya, Boseman plays the titular superhero also known as T'Challa, king and protector of Wakanda, a technologically advanced, affluent, never-colonised utopia in Africa.

The film now holds a near flawless 97% score on review site Rotten Tomatoes, which makes it one of the best-reviewed superhero films ever. Alex Garland's Annihilation finished in fourth place in its opening weekend, grossing $11 million. It also showed only a 47% drop in its second weekend, which is a much smaller drop than other Marvel films such as "Captain America: Civil War" and "The Avengers: Age of Ultron", which were closer to 60%.

Imax, which is playing "Black Panther" in more than 60 countries, said people are paying to see the film a few times, a quality that the biggest of the big movies share.

Thanks to "Black Panther", Disney accountants are facing a new challenge - not that they're complaining.

Audiences have given the movie high marks.

"In some ways, what "Black Panther" represents is the culmination of all these different elements of African-American storytelling on a mainstream scale reaching that sort of level", Kohn said on IndieWire's Screen Talk podcast.

Paramount earlier sold the film's worldwide rights (except in China) to Netflix after disappointing reactions in test screenings. Jim Gianopulos took over as chief executive and chairman a year ago, and he is pushing a more franchise-focused agenda.

Assuming the estimate holds up, the film's running total will be at $400.0 million by the end of Sunday. Where available, the latest global numbers also are included. Orion insiders say that's a win, considering the film cost under $5 million to produce.