'Black Panther' has second highest-grossing second weekend ever


Black Panther continues to blow right past initial expectations. The latest entry in the MCU dropped a modest 46.5% to earn $108 million over its second weekend, a figure that places it below only the $149.2 million second weekend cume of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Domestically, Black Panther’s gross sits at a cool $400 million, just a smidge behind the total grosses of Captain America: Civil War ($408 million) and Iron Man 3 ($409 million). Internationally, Black Panther has earned $304 million, with release in China and Japan still forthcoming. Not to put a jinx on the film this early in the game, but Black Panther’s road to the billion-dollar club at this point looks fairly clear.

Second place went to new release Game Night, earning $16.6 million on 3,488 screens. That was followed by Peter Rabbit (weekend gross $12.5 million, total gross $71.2 million), which in its third weekend continues to have a strong hold. That places director Alex Garland’s Annihilation in position number four in its opening weekend. Paramount gave the film a rather modest release in 2,012 theatres, a figure that echoes its $11 million gross. Though reviews for the film have been overwhelmingly positive, Annihilation failed to catch on with audiences, which gave the sci-fi thriller a C CinemaScore.

Rounding out the top five was Fifty Shades Freed; its $6.9 million weekend gross brings its total so far to $89.5 million. That marks a decline from the film’s Fifty Shades predecessors; the first two films in the franchise earned $10.5 million and $7.7 million in their third weekends, respectively.

Low-budget YA romance Every Day snuck into the top ten with $3.1 million on 1,667 screens, a figure roughly in line with expectations. New to theatres in limited release were Operation Red Sea ($510,000 on 45 screens), The Young Karl Marx ($28,599 on three screens), The Cured ($5,332 on three screens) and November ($4,300 on one screen).