Published: Mon, March 19, 2018
Entertaiment | By Lawrence Myers

'Panther' bests all rivals at box office - again

'Panther' bests all rivals at box office - again

A fifth weekend of "Black Panther" domination was bad news for "Tomb Raider", with the Alicia Vikander-starring reboot of the video game-inspired franchise bringing in a relatively paltry $23.5 million in its opening weekend. As it stands, though, it seems unlikely the film will hit $100 million domestically, especially with Pacific Rim: Uprising - which looks likely to finally unseat Black Panther next weekend - and Ready Player One on the horizon.

Thanks to "Black Panther", the year-to-date box office is up 2 percent over the same period a year ago at $2.5 billion, according to comScore.

Tomb Raider has received mixed reviews from critics and now sits at a 49 percent on Rotten Tomatoes.

Disney and Marvel Studios' "Black Panther" continued to lead North American box office with an estimated earning of 27.02 million USA dollars, becoming the first film since 2009's "Avatar" to take the top spot for five weekends in a row.

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The news isn't all bad for Tomb Raider; the movie did do $84.5 million from 65 markets overseas (tops worldwide on the foreign weekend chart), and in total put together a tally of $102.5 million on its opening weekend.

Disney's science fantasy adventure film "A Wrinkle In Time" landed in fourth place with an estimated 16.56 million dollars in its second weekend.

Black Panther's weekend haul of $27M was enough to garner it a rare fifth consecutive week at the number one spot. While reactions have been mixed, the film could go on to surprise and have legs at the box office.

This is similar to Rotten Tomatoes as the movie has a 49 percent critics rating, although the audience score is more favorable at 70 percent so far.

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Additionally, Sony's "Jumanji", which came in at No. 12, managed to cross the $400 million mark after 13 weeks in theaters.

The Ryan Coogler-directed superhero blockbuster is the seventh film to pass $600 million domestically after Star Wars: The Last Jedi ($619 million), The Avengers ($623 million), Jurassic World ($652 million), Titanic ($658 million), Avatar ($760 million) and Star Wars: The Force Awakens ($937 million).

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