Marvel’s Black Panther continues its incredible run at the global box office with a fifth straight week at the top spot. In the US, Black Panther held off competition from Tomb Raider, preview screenings and a modest Friday suggested that the new Tomb Raider could dethrone Black Panther, but the Chadwick Boseman led blockbuster ruled over the weekend.
After five weeks, Black Panther has grossed a massive $600 million in the US and is set to overtake the first Avengers $624 million domestic total by the end of the week. International takings are just as impressive with a whopping $580 million for a running global total of almost $1.2 billion. While there is still a way to go to top Avengers $1.5 billion haul from 2012, or Age of Ultron’s $1.4 billion from 2015, Black Panther might just have the legs to be the MCU’s MVP. However, pre-ticket sales for Infinity War has already broken records, so should Black Panther best the first Avengers’ box office, Infinity War will almost certainly become the highest grossing MCU entry.
The reboot of Tomb Raider had to settle for second place with $23.6 million. A disappointment for Warner Bros who had previously forecast an opening weekend in the mid $30 million bracket. Alicia Vikander take on Lara Croft has received praise, but the film itself has done little to improve the stigma that video game adaptations automatically equals a bad movie. On the upside, a robust $105 million weekend from the international box office has saved some face. But we’ll have to wait and see if this $94 million budgeted reboot can launch the franchise that Warner Bros have planned.
Jumanji Welcome To The Jungle finally left the US top ten and crossed the $400 million mark domestically. The Dwayne Johnson reboot of the beloved classic fared better than expected in all territories it was released. Grossing a staggering $941 million worldwide, Jumanji is a fully fledged blockbuster, and a sequel is already in development.