Black Panther reigns over the box office for fifth weekend with $27m


Black Panther has overpowered Tomb Raider to make it five weeks at the top of the North American box office.

It's been five weeks since Black Panther's box-office premiere, and the film still holds its place at the top of local charts.

The new video game flick, meanwhile, starring Oscar victor Alicia Vikander, was a disappointment for Warner Bros., taking in only $23.5 million.

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).

The film is also less than $20 million behind 2012's The Avengers and is expected to become the highest grossing superhero movie of all-time. This puts it at a tie with Avatar (2010), which also holds a five consecutive weekend record at the top of the USA box-office. The film, starring Alicia Vikander in the Lara Croft role originated by Angelina Jolie in 2001, failed to match the original's $47.7 million opening weekend. "Black Panther" has grossed $521 million domestically, making it the ninth-highest release of all time. Of course, no one could touch Black Panther... again...

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A group of women pose for a photo in front of a poster advertising the film "Black Panther" on its opening night of screenings at the AMC Magic Johnson Harlem 9 cinemas in Manhattan, New York, February 15, 2018. Sony's sixth weekend of family comedy "Peter Rabbit" followed with $5.2 million at 2,725 sites for a 38-day total of $102.4 million.

Roadside Attractions' Christian drama film "I Can Only Imagine" opened in third place with an estimated 17.06 million dollars.

"Black Panther" will face competition next weekend from Universal-Legendary's launch of "Pacific Rim: Uprising" and Paramount's animated comedy "Sherlock Gnomes".

If there's an actual disappointment among the openers, it's the gay teen movie Love, Simon, which debuted in fifth place with only $11.5 million.