'Black Panther' enjoys fifth consecutive weekend at number one


The Black Panther train keeps on rolling. For the fifth weekend in a row, the Marvel superhero film secured the top spot at the box office; it’s the first film to rule the roost for five consecutive weeks since Avatar in 2008-2009. Black Panther’s $27 million weekend gross brings its domestic total to $605.4 million. Add in international numbers, and its worldwide cume is closing in on $1.2 billion. At this point, it’s the 14th highest-grossing film of all time; if it manages to surpass Frozen’s $1.27 billion, it will crack the top ten.

New release Tomb Raider performed about as expected, coming in at the number two spot with $23.5 million. It’s not a full-on flop, but “big-budget videogame movie can’t topple a fifth-weekend holdover” isn’t exactly a good look. (Not for nothing, but Tomb Raider’s per-theatre average was also less than Black Panther’s.)

Among new releases, this weekend’s big success story was third-place finisher I Can Only Imagine. The faith-based drama surpassed expectations with $17 million on a modest 1,629 screens. It’s strong opening—plus its A+ CinemaScore—puts it in a good position going into Easter weekend, though it will have to compete with fellow faith-based features Paul, Apostle of Christ and  God’s Not Dead: A Light in the Darkness, coming out next weekend and the weekend after, respectively.

Last weekend’s second-place finisher A Wrinkle in Time fell to spot number four with a $16.5 million weekend gross, bringing its domestic total to $61 million. Rounding out the top five was new wide release Love, Simon, which debuted to $11.5 million on 2,402 screens. That’s a bit below expectations for the high school rom-com, but an A+ CinemaScore could indicate strong word-of-mouth over the coming weeks.

The weekend’s final new wide release was Focus Features’ 7 Days in Entebbe, which landed outside of the top ten with $1.6 million on 838 screens. New to theaters in limited release were Flower ($57,851 on three screens for the weekend’s highest per-theatre average), Ramen Heads ($7,014 on two screens) and Journey’s End ($6,350 on two screens).