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'Black Panther ' is Still Killing the Game on its Fifth Weekend

19 March 2018, 01:21 | Ruben Stone

T'Challa in Black Panther and Lara Croft in Tomb Raider

T'Challa in Black Panther and Lara Croft in Tomb Raider

As one may expect given its box office performance, Black Panther is expected to bring in a tidy sum for Disney Pictures.

Not since Avatar has a box-office hit had the kind of staying power of Black Panther.

Black Panther remained atop the box office for a fifth week in a row, a feat that no movie has pulled off since Avatar opened in 2009.

As for Tomb Raider, the weekend's No. 2 film, $23.5 million (at 3,854 theaters) represents a somewhat soft opening for a movie that reportedly cost about $90 million to make and is meant to breathe new life into the 22-year-old franchise, which began as a popular video game series. The groundbreaking Marvel movie made $27 million in local theaters, while the Warner Bros. and MGM partneredreboot is at $23.5 million. With its overseas takings, the movie has now crossed more than $1.1 billion. The sequel, Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life, saw its opening weekend numbers fall dramatically from its predecessor's.

This is similar to Rotten Tomatoes as the movie has a 49 percent critics rating, although the audience score is more favorable at 70 percent so far. When release dates were being set a year ago, few could have foreseen Black Panther No. 1 five weeks in.

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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.

In fourth, down two spots from last week, was Disney's science fantasy adventure A Wrinkle in Time, at US$16.6 million, a 50 per cent drop from last weekend.

The film "I Can Only Imagine" landed in third-place overall on the domestic charts, bringing in $17M at just 1,629 locations. The movie, which is based on the MercyMe song of the same name, stars J. Michael Finley as the lead singer of the band, who penned the song about his relationship with his father. The film, which co-stars Dennis Quaid and Cloris Leachman, cost only $7 million to make.

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