'Black Panther' fast approaches the $1 billion mark


While The Shape of Water was cleaning up at the Oscars with wins for Best Picture and Best Director, Black Panther continued its financial victory streak at the box office. The film’s third-weekend haul of $65.7 million brings its total domestic gross to $501.1 million, officially making Black Panther the third fastest film to ever cross the $500 million mark. Internationally, it's earned $396.6 million for a worldwide cume of $897.7 million. With Black Panther's momentum still going strong and release still forthcoming in China, it’s only a matter of time before itbecomes the first 2018 release to join the billion-dollar club.

The second- and third-place finishers at the box offie were a pair of new releases: Red Sparrow ($17 million) and Death Wish ($13 million), both of which received generally negative reviews from critics. Audiences were similarly unenthused, as indicated by the films’ CinemScores: B for Red Sparrow and B+ for Death Wish. Look for both of these to disappear relatively quickly as summer movie season pushes more lucrative offerings into theatres.

R-rated comedy Game Night (weekend gross $10.7 million, total gross $33.5 million) fell to spot number four in its second weekend with a modest 37% drop. Rounding out the top five was Peter Rabbit, which adds $10 million to its domestic total for a haul of $84 million.

New to theaters in limited release were Sony Classics’ Foxtrot ($36,786 on four screens) and Hannover House’s Death House ($10,295 on one screen).