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Box Office: "Black Panther" Hits $1 Billion, "Wrinkle in Time" Falls Short

Black Panther (2018) - Nakia (Lupita Nyong'o), T'Challa / Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman), Okoye (Danai Gurira)
Black Panther officially held the number one spot for the fourth week in a row! It's impressive considering the last time a film held the top spot for four weeks was back in 2015 with Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Ryan Coogler's latest film now has raked in a massive $562 million domestically.

That makes it the second highest grossing superhero movie of all-time behind Marvel's The Avengers ($623 mil). Black Panther is now also the seventh largest overall domestic release of all-time behind movies like The Avengers ($623 mil) and Star Wars: The Force Awakens ($936 mil).

It's also now the fifth Marvel Studios film to make over $1 billion behind The Avengers, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Iron Man 3, and Captain America: Civil War respectively.

What's amazing is that it only took about a month to achieve all this. It's finished it's international release this weekend with China where it opened with an estimated $66.5 million.

All hail the king!


Meanwhile, A Wrinkle in Time opened to $35 million and couldn't crack the number one spot. It's the second movie in the top ten directed by a black director and starring a cast with people of color. That's historic and shows how far Hollywood has come and still needs to go.

While it's an incredible achievement for Ava DuVernay and company its numbers are less-than-impressive for a $100 million movie with this much marketing behind it. Initial box office projections showed a range of between $34 to $37 million. So it topped out at the low-end.

Part of it is that it's following closely behind Black Panther. The other big challenges to the film are the mixed reviews. As of this writing, it has a "rotten" rating on Rotten Tomatoes at 42%. It's also notable that audiences also scored it poorly at 36%. So, we'll see if it can pick up the pace and pull in stronger numbers next weekend.

In other genre box office news, Paramount Pictures' "Annihilation" dropped three positions to the number nine spot. It lost about 44% to make $3.2 million for a domestic box office gross of $26 million.

Sony Pictures' "Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle" moved down three positions to the number 10 spot. It lost about 38% from last weekend to make $2.8 million for a domestic box office gross of $397 million. Worldwide it's pulled in almost a billion at $936,994,467.

Walt Disney's "Star Wars Ep. VIII: The Last Jedi" dropped five positions to the number 21 spot for a domestic box office gross of $619 million and a worldwide haul of over $1.3 billion. The movie hits Blu-Ray tomorrow. Walt Disney's other big movie "Thor: Ragnarok" dropped to the number 28 for a domestic box office gross of $315 million and a worldwide cume of $854,234,705. It's a hit, but not enough to make it to one billion like Black Panther.

What do you think of this weeks box office results?

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