Black Panther beats new Tomb Raider at the box office ties Avatar record

Of course, the continuing success of Black Panther also didnt help Tomb Raider. When release dates were being set a year ago, few could have foreseen Black Panther no. five weeks in. How could you? Goldstein said.

. Strangers Prey at Night, . million.

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International was always a key part of the strategy, Goldstein said.

. A Wrinkle in Time, . million.

Though Black Panther has had little competition to contend with throughout February and March, such consistency is especially rare in todays moviegoing world. Before Avatar, the last film to do it was s The Sixth Sense.

Playing to a virtually opposite audience was th Century Foxs Love, Simon, the first film from a major Hollywood studio featuring a gay teen protagonist. Whereas I Can Only Imagine catered to the suburbs, Love, Simon thrived mainly in urban areas.

. Black Panther, million million international.

I feel good that we released this film. I feel great that we had the kind of exit polls that we did, said Chris Aronson, distribution chief for Fox. I think audiences are going to continue to find this jewel of a film that Greg Berlanti created.

Its the biggest opening weekend ever for Roadside Attractions, the yearold indie distributor whose previous titles include Mud and Manchester by the Sea.

Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theaters, according to comScore. Where available, the latest international numbers also are included. Final threeday domestic figures will be released Monday.

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Jeff Goldstein, distribution chief for Warner Bros., said Tomb Raider came close to studio expectations in North America but that international ticket sales were a primary focus. Tomb Raider was no. overseas, grossing . million, including a . million in China.

The surprise of the weekend was the LionsgateRoadside Attractions Christian drama I Can Only Imagine, which grossed . million on , screens less than half the number that Black Panther, Tomb Raider and A Winkle in Time played on. The film, which costars Dennis Quaid and Cloris Leachman, cost only million to make. It stars J. Michael Finley as the singer behind one of the most popular Christian songs, by the band MercyMe.

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With Vikander stepping in for Angelina Jolie, Roar Uthaugs Tomb Raider is an attempt to rekindle a video gameadapted franchise that ded quickly the first time around. The original opened . million and grossed . million worldwide, but the bigbudget sequel flopped, opening with . million domestically and grossing . million worldwide.

I Can Only Imagine doubled expectations by sticking to the typical tactic of ithbased releases with a grassroots marketing effort that focused on Southern, Southwestern and suburban moviegoers. Eighty percent of the audience was over .

We did really work the film. Starting with the beginning of October, we were screening the film for ithbased influencers, said Roadside cofounder Howard Cohen. So it had a really classic playbook for these of movies. But a lot of movies do it and it doesnt work as well.

. I Can Only Imagine, . million.

According to comScore, the weekend was down percent from the same weekend in when Disneys Beauty and the Beast opened with a recordbreaking . million.

Greg Berlantis film, adapted from the bestselling youngadult novel Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda, stars Nick Robinson as a gay yearold who has yet to come out when another closeted boy from his high school begins an anonymous email romance. The film garnered strong reviews percent fresh on Rotten Tomatoes and audiences agreed, giving it an Aplus CinemaScore.

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Yet last week, Black Panther even bested Disneys own A Wrinkle in Time, Ava DuVernays adaptation of Madeleine LEngles novel of the same name. In its second week, A Wrinkle in Time dropped percent with . million in ticket sales.

Black Panther topped Tomb Raider in its fifth week at the box office AP

That left second place to the MGMWarner Bros. rebooted Tomb Raider, starring Alicia Vikander as the archaeologist adventurer Lara Croft. The million film opened with . million, largely iling to stir much excitement among moviegoers. Critics gave it mediocre reviews percent fresh on Rotten Tomatoes and ticketbuyers responded with a meh, giving it a B CinemaScore.

. Tomb Raider, . million . million international.

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Not since Avatar has a boxoffice hit had the kind of staying power of Black Panther. Ryan Cooglers comicbook sensation on Sunday became the first film since James Camerons smash to top the weekend box office five straight weekends.

Black Panther has shown considerably fewer legs in China, however. Though it has grossed million in two weeks of release in China, Black Panther slid steeply in its second weekend.

The Disney release grossed million in ticket sales over the weekend, according to studio estimates, pushing its domestic haul to . million. Worldwide, Black Panther has grossed more than . billion.

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