Weekend Actuals: ‘Black Panther’ Hits No. 1 for 5th Weekend in a Row with $26.6M; ‘Tomb Raider’ Lassoes Okay $23.6M in 2nd

Monday Update:

Disney’s Black Panther became only the second film of the 21st century to spend five weekends at #1, with a confirmed $26.6 million frame.

The last film to spent five weekends at #1 was Avatar, released in 2009 and achieving the feat in early 2010. The previous film before that was all the way back in 1999, when The Sixth Sense did so.

Panther earned the fourth-best fifth weekend of all time, behind only AvatarFrozen, and Titanic. Adjusted for ticket price inflation, it’s the 18th-best fifth weekend of all time. That’s still excellent, as almost all the 17 films ranked above it were from the 1980s or 1990s when titles generally spent much longer playing in theaters.

Warner Bros.’ Tomb Raider debuted in second place with a confirmed $23.6 million. The Alicia Vikander-led reboot opened with less than half of 2001’s original Angelina Jolie-led Lara Croft: Tomb Raider.

Roadside Attractions’ faith-based I Can Only Imagine earned a surprise third place opening with a confirmed $17.1 million. That is far more than any pre-release estimate, as the highest that any user projected on prediction website Box Office Theory was $15 million.

Total box office this weekend was $132.5 million. That’s 5.3 percent behind last weekend. It’s also 49.2 percent behind this same weekend last year, although that comparison is a little misleading, as that frame saw the mammoth $174.7 million opening of Beauty and the Beast.

Year-to-date box office stands at $2.50 billion. That’s 3.0 percent ahead of this same date last year, although the stat has persistently declined for a month straight now, owing to last year’s big releases of Logan, Kong: Skull Island, and Beast in March. It’s possible that year-to-date box office could potentially fall behind last year’s figure as soon as later this week.

Our full table of weekend actuals is below, after our Sunday update featuring fuller analysis.


Sunday Update:

Black Panther continued to roar in its fifth weekend of release, coming in at No. 1 once again with an estimated $27 million and thwarting Tomb Raider‘s play for the top of the chart. Dropping just 33 percent from last weekend, the superhero blockbuster now has an incredible $605.4 million domestically, and will soon overtake Star Wars: The Last Jedi ($619.6 million) and Marvel’s The Avengers ($623.3 million) for fifth place all-time in North America. Its performance this weekend also makes it the first film since Avatar to enjoy five weekends in a row at No. 1 and only the third film to do so since Titanic, demonstrating just what a phenomenon this movie is.

Debuting in second was MGM-Warner Bros.’ Tomb Raider reboot starring Alicia Vikander, which took in an estimated $23.5 million in its opening weekend – an amount more or less in line with pre-release expectations. That’s a far cry from the $47.3 million opening enjoyed by the Angelina Jolie original, which ultimately grossed over $130 million in North America and $274 million worldwide. Actually, the debut of this new version is about equal to that of the less-successful sequel Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life, which opened to $21.7 million in 2003 and topped out at $65 million Stateside (albeit when ticket prices were considerably lower). The new film, of course, lacked the element of Jolie’s then-white-hot star power, which had reached a peak at the time of Lara Croft‘s release.

With a reported price tag of $94 million, this is not an ideal start for the video game adaptation, which topped Black Panther on Friday but couldn’t keep up the momentum through the weekend. The film garnered only so-so reviews (though they were better than Jolie’s version) and a “B” Cinemascore from audiences. This looks more likely to perform like Cradle of Life or even last year’s Ghost in the Shell, which opened to $18.6 million and topped out at barely over $40 million domestically. Tomb Raider skewed male, with men making up 56% of the audience. Additionally, 68% of the crowd was over the age of 25.

Wowing in third place was Lionsgate and Roadside Attractions’ Christian-themed drama I Can Only Imagine, which is estimated at a surprisingly-robust $17 million in its opening weekend. Based on the true story behind the hit Christian rock song of the same name, the film was catnip for underserved faith-based audiences, who in recent years have made movies like 2014’s Heaven is for Real ($91.4 million domestic), 2016’s Miracles from Heaven ($61.7 million) and last year’s The Shack ($57.3 million) into surprise hits. Imagine now ranks as Roadside Attractions’ highest opening weekend of all time.

The result is especially impressive when you consider that the gross came from just 1,629 screens, giving the film a per-theater average of $10,475. Notably, the audience was 67% female and 80% over the age of 35. With no other faith-based competitors in the marketplace, look for this one to post strong holds in the coming weeks.

The weekend’s other wide opener, 20th Century Fox’s Love, Simon, also did well in its debut frame, taking in an estimated $11.5 million in fifth place. Based on the YA novel Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli, the film made history this weekend as the first gay teen romance released by a major studio. It was certainly helped along by strong reviews, positive word-of-mouth (it received a rare “A+” Cinemascore from audiences, 58% of which was female), and a clever marketing campaign that sold it as a mainstream teen flick that just so happened to have a gay lead character. With a reported budget of $17 million, positive word-of-mouth and the film’s unique position in the marketplace should keep it in the conversation for awhile.

Last weekend’s big opener A Wrinkle in Time fell to fourth in its second weekend, bringing in an estimated $16.6 million for a domestic total of $61.1 million after ten days. The heavily-hyped Disney release got off to a rather disappointing $33.1 million start in its debut frame, and with a drop of nearly 50 percent this weekend it unfortunately didn’t hold well enough to change the narrative around it.

Sixth went to the sturdy R-rated comedy Game Night, which continued a series of impressive holds by easing just 29 percent from last weekend’s total with an estimated $5.5 million. The Rachel McAdams-Jason Bateman farce has now grossed $54.1 million after four weeks. If it continues to hold the way it has, it should top out close to $70 million domestically by the end of its run.

In seventh, the family hit Peter Rabbit passed the $100 million mark with an estimated $5.2 million in weekend six, easing just 23 percent from last weekend for a total of $102.4 million. The Sony release held up well even with a high-profile competitor like A Wrinkle in Time in the marketplace, and with a reported $50 million budget it’s shaping up to be a tidy hit for the studio.

Slasher follow-up The Strangers: Prey at Night dropped to eighth place in its sophomore frame with an estimated $4.8 million, giving it a total of $18.6 million so far. This one is performing like a typical horror sequel and fading quickly. Ninth went to Red Sparrow which brought in an estimated $4.4 million in its third weekend for a $39.5 million total, while MGM’s Death Wish rounded out the Top 10 with an estimated $3.3 million and a total of $29.9 million, also after three weekends.

Notably, Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle fell out of the Top 10 this weekend for the first time since its early December release. Bringing in an estimated $1.65 million, it’s now grossed over $400 million domestically and will soon pass Spider-Man as the highest-grossing Sony release of all time in North America (not adjusted for inflation).

Also falling outside the Top 10 in just their second weekends were The Hurricane Heist and Gringo, which grossed an estimated $1.03 million and $630,000, respectively, in their sophomore frames. Totals for each now stand at $5.3 million and $4.5 million, with little left in the tank theatrically.

Limited Release:

Following an impressive debut last weekend on just four screens, IFC’s The Death of Stalin expanded to 32 locations and took in an estimated $580,576 for a terrific per-theater average of $18,143 and a total of $843,967. The Armando Iannucci-directed satire has received excellent reviews and is set to expand further in the coming weeks.

Opening on three screens, the provocative comedy Flower starring Zoey Deutch made a promising $57,851, giving it a healthy per-screen average of $19,284. The Orchard release, which debuted at last year’s Tribeca Film Festival, has received mixed-to-positive reviews. The film centers on a teenage girl (Deutch) who makes it her mission to stalk a man whom her step-brother claims sexually assaulted him.

Overseas Update:

Black Panther added another $30 million internationally this weekend for a whopping $577.1 million overseas cume and a massive $1.182 billion worldwide. It’s now the fourteenth highest-grossing film globally of all time, surpassing both Captain America: Civil War ($1.153 billion) and Minions ($1.159 billion) this weekend. In the increasingly-important Chinese marketplace, it’s total stands at an estimated $96 million.

Despite taking second place to Black Panther in North America, Tomb Raider was the number one film globally this weekend, bringing in an estimated $84.5 million in 65 territories. That includes $41.1 million in China, which is about on par with the debuts of Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle and Wonder Woman. Given its lukewarm opening Stateside, the film’s international performance will be extremely important to its bottom line, and this is a pretty good start. After opening in four Asian territories last weekend, the film’s international take now stands at $102.5 million.


Weekend Actuals (Domestic)

FRI, MAR. 16 – SUN, MAR. 18

WIDE (1000+)

# TITLE WEEKEND LOCATIONS AVG. TOTAL WKS. DIST.
1 Black Panther $26,650,690 -35% 3,834 -108 $6,951 $605,027,218 5 Disney
2 Tomb Raider $23,633,317 3,854 $6,132 $23,633,317 1 Warner Bros.
3 I Can Only Imagine $17,104,797 1,739 $9,836 $17,104,797 1 Lionsgate / Roadside Attractions
4 A Wrinkle in Time $16,256,879 -51% 3,980 0 $4,085 $60,751,533 2 Walt Disney Pictures
5 Love, Simon $11,756,244 2,402 $4,894 $11,756,244 1 20th Century Fox
6 Game Night $5,602,230 -29% 2,686 -375 $2,086 $54,206,414 4 Warner Bros.
7 Peter Rabbit $5,201,647 -23% 2,725 -387 $1,909 $102,441,915 6 Sony / Columbia
8 The Strangers: Prey At Night $4,701,089 -55% 2,464 0 $1,908 $18,503,141 2 Aviron Pictures
9 Red Sparrow $4,531,187 -47% 2,583 -481 $1,754 $39,664,829 3 20th Century Fox
10 Death Wish $3,368,565 -49% 2,676 -206 $1,259 $29,950,250 3 MGM
11 Annihilation $1,733,605 -48% 1,087 -622 $1,595 $29,628,348 4 Paramount Pictures
12 Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle $1,622,505 -41% 1,556 -601 $1,043 $400,246,103 13 Sony / Columbia
13 The Hurricane Heist $1,033,246 -66% 2,283 -119 $453 $5,369,167 2 Entertainment Studios Motion Pictures
14 Gringo $655,891 -76% 2,314 -90 $283 $4,522,102 2 STX Entertainment

LIMITED (100 — 999)

# TITLE WEEKEND LOCATIONS AVG. TOTAL WKS. DIST.
1 7 Days in Entebbe $1,592,645 838 $1,901 $1,592,645 1 Focus Features
2 The Greatest Showman $1,134,199 -41% 737 -215 $1,539 $169,703,817 13 Fox
3 The Shape of Water $793,617 -66% 758 -794 $1,047 $62,682,254 16 Fox Searchlight
4 Fifty Shades Freed $610,535 -55% 873 -484 $699 $99,626,835 6 Universal
5 Thoroughbreds $487,690 -60% 564 15 $865 $2,294,050 2 Focus Features
6 Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri $266,797 -62% 282 -270 $946 $53,890,421 23 Fox Searchlight
7 A Fantastic Woman $192,471 -29% 190 24 $1,013 $1,484,490 7 Sony Pictures Classics
8 Coco $184,351 -29% 177 -17 $1,042 $209,170,730 17 Disney
9 Star Wars: The Last Jedi $174,756 -34% 211 -35 $828 $619,791,373 14 Disney
10 Ferdinand $166,091 -14% 169 -32 $983 $83,725,454 14 Fox
11 The Post $132,503 -60% 159 -119 $833 $81,426,402 13 20th Century Fox
12 Call Me by Your Name $121,703 -59% 118 -191 $1,031 $17,736,560 17 Sony Pictures Classics
13 I, Tonya $121,595 -54% 160 -83 $760 $29,755,245 15 Neon
14 Maze Runner: The Death Cure $103,094 -43% 147 -67 $701 $57,639,089 8 Fox
15 Darkest Hour $102,595 -61% 133 -112 $771 $56,309,040 17 Focus Features
16 12 Strong $79,046 24% 148 37 $534 $45,410,021 9 Warner Bros.
17 The 15:17 to Paris $75,588 -71% 155 -265 $488 $35,958,478 6 Warner Bros.
18 Early Man $69,426 -34% 144 -42 $482 $8,168,933 5 Lionsgate
19 Hostiles $51,716 -16% 102 12 $507 $29,700,563 13 Entertainment Studios Motion Pictures
20 Every Day $32,378 -87% 110 -505 $294 $6,087,943 4 Orion Pictures

PLATFORM (1 — 99)

# TITLE WEEKEND LOCATIONS AVG. TOTAL WKS. DIST.
1 The Death of Stalin $537,497 191% 32 28 $16,797 $800,888 2 IFC Films
2 Raid $423,817 77 $5,504 $423,817 1 Eros Entertainment
3 The Leisure Seeker $142,355 25% 49 21 $2,905 $320,311 2 Sony Pictures Classics
4 Phantom Thread $94,580 -60% 92 -92 $1,028 $20,907,000 12 Focus Features
5 Operation Red Sea $74,228 -55% 28 -14 $2,651 $1,434,087 4 Well Go USA Entertainment
6 Lady Bird $68,406 -61% 88 -68 $777 $48,845,670 20 A24
7 Wonder (2017) $60,463 10% 96 -42 $630 $132,389,819 18 Lionsgate
8 The Party $59,894 -40% 80 -4 $749 $537,616 5 Roadside Attractions
9 Winchester $50,076 -70% 91 -170 $550 $24,987,223 7 Lionsgate / CBS Films
10 Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story $49,974 8% 26 5 $1,922 $495,769 17 Zeitgeist
11 Foxtrot $49,660 81% 12 6 $4,138 $172,834 3 Sony Pictures Classics
12 Flower $48,919 3 $16,306 $48,919 1 The Orchard
13 Oh Lucy! $48,785 48% 31 15 $1,574 $117,111 3 Film Movement
14 Loveless $47,569 -11% 43 6 $1,106 $385,313 5 Sony Pictures Classics
15 Den of Thieves $33,507 -55% 60 -44 $558 $44,933,602 9 STX Entertainment
16 Leaning Into The Wind $31,489 27% 12 7 $2,624 $72,081 2 Magnolia Pictures
17 Detective Chinatown 2 $21,337 -57% 8 -12 $2,667 $1,953,983 5 Warner Bros.
18 The Insult $20,006 1% 14 -3 $1,429 $935,091 10 Cohen Media Group
19 1945 $19,914 75% 10 4 $1,991 $428,396 20 Menemsha Films
20 Samson $19,902 -72% 34 -59 $585 $4,675,433 5 Pure Flix
21 Forever My Girl $16,930 -56% 37 -27 $458 $16,290,896 9 Roadside Attractions/LD Entertainment
22 Monster Family $12,939 14 $924 $112,014 6 Viva Pictres
23 Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool $12,816 -39% 38 -3 $337 $841,716 12 Sony Pictures Classics
24 Keep The Change $12,445 1 $12,445 $48,769 1 Kino Lorber
25 Journey’s End $11,798 2 $5,899 $11,798 1 Good Deed Entertainment
26 All the Money in the World $10,862 -65% 27 -22 $402 $25,106,315 12 Sony / TriStar
27 2018 Oscar Nominated Short Films $9,440 -85% 9 -47 $1,049 $3,503,077 6 Magnolia Pictures
28 Agent Mr Chan $9,262 -42% 3 -1 $3,087 $196,362 4 China Lion Film
29 In Between $7,962 136% 5 -3 $1,592 $94,821 11 Film Movement
30 Girls vs Gangsters $7,638 -49% 3 -1 $2,546 $32,743 2 Well Go USA Entertainment
31 The Young Karl Marx $7,190 -38% 8 -5 $899 $93,436 4 The Orchard
32 Ramen Heads $7,085 2 $3,543 $7,085 1 Gunpowder & Sky
33 Claire’s Camera $6,853 -40% 1 0 $6,853 $25,474 2 Cinema Guild
34 Eight Hours Don’t Make A Day $5,880 1 $5,880 $5,880 1 Janus Films
35 Tehran Taboo $5,677 53% 7 2 $811 $45,444 5 Kino Lorber
36 Faces Places $5,409 -50% 12 -1 $451 $935,091 24 Cohen Media Group
37 The Florida Project $5,329 -33% 9 -3 $592 $5,901,113 24 A24
38 Mary and The Witch’s Flower $4,733 -45% 7 -4 $676 $2,387,015 9 GKIDS
39 24 Frames $3,795 1 $3,795 $32,345 7 Janus Films
40 In The Fade $3,787 -42% 10 -4 $379 $305,685 12 Magnolia Pictures
41 Happy End $3,579 -21% 11 -3 $325 $299,545 13 Sony Pictures Classics
42 Our Blood is Wine $3,519 129% 2 0 $1,760 $8,357 2 Music Box Films
43 November $3,076 225% 8 5 $385 $12,594 4 Oscilloscope Laboratories
44 Mind Game $3,044 5% 3 0 $1,015 $26,684 5 GKIDS
45 The Square $2,501 44% 4 1 $625 $1,500,734 21 Magnolia Pictures
46 The Sacrifice (2017 re-release) $2,000 487% 1 0 $2,000 $60,589 22 Kino Lorber
47 Have A Nice Day $1,919 -22% 4 1 $480 $77,732 8 Strand Releasing
48 Walk With Me $1,608 1 $1,608 $689,633 11 Kino Lorber
49 Tom of Finland $1,596 20% 2 0 $798 $377,900 23 Kino Lorber
50 Western $1,509 -52% 4 -3 $377 $31,511 5 Cinema Guild
51 Souvenir $1,250 19% 3 2 $417 $7,023 3 Strand Releasing
52 Ichi The Killer: Definitive Remastered Edition $1,196 20% 2 -1 $598 $19,041 19 Well Go USA Entertainment
53 BPM (Beats Per Minute) $1,170 -49% 2 -1 $585 $124,458 22 The Orchard
54 Double Lover $478 -83% 1 -2 $478 $164,339 5 Cohen Media Group
55 Jane $294 -89% 1 -2 $294 $1,723,379 22 Abramorama
56 Beuys $209 -83% 1 0 $209 $56,151 9 Kino Lorber
57 Vazante $135 -25% 1 0 $135 $19,556 10 Music Box Films
58 The Divine Order $96 -57% 1 0 $96 $73,364 21 Kino Lorber / Zeitgeist Films
59 Legend of the Mountain (2018 re-release) $91 1 $91 $4,776 7 Kino Lorber

Studio Weekend Estimates (Domestic)

FRI, MAR. 16 – SUN, MAR. 18

WIDE (1000+)

# TITLE WEEKEND LOCATIONS AVG. TOTAL WKS. DIST.
1 Black Panther $27,024,000 -34% 3,834 -108 $7,049 $605,400,528 5 Disney
2 Tomb Raider $23,525,000 3,854 $6,104 $23,525,000 1 Warner Bros.
3 I Can Only Imagine $17,064,640 1,629 $10,476 $17,064,640 1 Lionsgate / Roadside Attractions
4 A Wrinkle in Time $16,565,000 -50% 3,980 0 $4,162 $61,059,654 2 Walt Disney Pictures
5 Love, Simon $11,500,000 2,402 $4,788 $11,500,000 1 20th Century Fox
6 Game Night $5,570,000 -29% 2,686 -375 $2,074 $54,174,184 4 Warner Bros.
7 Peter Rabbit $5,200,000 -23% 2,725 -387 $1,908 $102,440,268 6 Sony / Columbia
8 The Strangers: Prey At Night $4,810,000 -54% 2,464 0 $1,952 $4,810,000 2 Aviron Pictures
9 Red Sparrow $4,450,000 -48% 2,583 -481 $1,723 $39,583,642 3 20th Century Fox
10 Death Wish $3,368,000 -49% 2,676 -206 $1,259 $29,949,685 3 MGM
11 Annihilation $1,700,000 -49% 1,087 -622 $1,564 $29,594,743 4 Paramount Pictures
12 Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle $1,650,000 -40% 1,556 -601 $1,060 $400,273,598 13 Sony / Columbia
13 The Hurricane Heist $1,031,000 -66% 2,283 -119 $452 $5,366,921 2 Entertainment Studios Motion Pictures
14 Gringo $630,000 -77% 2,314 -90 $272 $4,496,211 2 STX Entertainment

LIMITED (100 — 999)

# TITLE WEEKEND LOCATIONS AVG. TOTAL WKS. DIST.
1 7 Days in Entebbe $1,628,000 838 $1,943 $1,628,000 1 Focus Features
2 The Greatest Showman $1,175,000 -39% 737 -215 $1,594 $169,744,618 13 Fox
3 The Shape of Water $800,000 -66% 758 -794 $1,055 $62,688,637 16 Fox Searchlight
4 Fifty Shades Freed $615,000 -55% 873 -484 $704 $99,631,300 6 Universal
5 Thoroughbreds $470,000 -62% 564 15 $833 $2,276,360 2 Focus Features
6 Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri $265,000 -62% 282 -270 $940 $53,888,624 23 Fox Searchlight
7 A Fantastic Woman $203,711 -25% 190 24 $1,072 $1,495,730 7 Sony Pictures Classics
8 Coco $196,000 -24% 177 -17 $1,107 $209,182,379 17 Disney
9 Star Wars: The Last Jedi $179,000 -33% 211 -35 $848 $619,795,617 14 Disney
10 The Post $130,000 -60% 159 -119 $818 $81,423,899 13 20th Century Fox
11 Call Me by Your Name $128,304 -56% 118 -191 $1,087 $17,743,161 17 Sony Pictures Classics
12 I, Tonya $110,385 -58% 160 -83 $690 $29,744,035 15 Neon
13 Darkest Hour $105,000 -60% 133 -112 $789 $56,311,445 17 Focus Features
14 Early Man $70,000 -33% 144 -42 $486 $8,169,507 5 Lionsgate
15 Hostiles $52,000 -16% 102 12 $510 $29,700,847 13 Entertainment Studios Motion Pictures

PLATFORM (1 — 99)

# TITLE WEEKEND LOCATIONS AVG. TOTAL WKS. DIST.
1 The Death of Stalin $580,576 214% 32 28 $18,143 $843,967 2 IFC Films
2 The Leisure Seeker $149,028 31% 49 21 $3,041 $326,984 2 Sony Pictures Classics
3 Phantom Thread $95,000 -60% 92 -92 $1,033 $20,907,420 12 Focus Features
4 Wonder (2017) $78,000 42% 96 -42 $813 $132,407,356 18 Lionsgate
5 Lady Bird $73,800 -57% 88 -68 $839 $48,851,064 20 A24
6 Flower $57,851 3 $19,284 $57,851 1 The Orchard
7 Foxtrot $52,650 92% 12 6 $4,388 $175,824 3 Sony Pictures Classics
8 Winchester $52,000 -69% 91 -170 $571 $24,989,147 7 Lionsgate / CBS Films
9 Loveless $47,730 -11% 43 6 $1,110 $379,474 5 Sony Pictures Classics
10 Itzhak $37,500 161% 19 17 $1,974 $53,796 2 Greenwich Entertainment
11 Samson $19,500 -73% 34 -59 $574 $4,675,031 5 Pure Flix
12 The Insult $17,668 -11% 12 -5 $1,472 $932,230 10 Cohen Media Group
13 Journey’s End $12,700 2 $6,350 $12,700 1 Good Deed Entertainment
14 Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool $12,016 -43% 38 -3 $316 $840,916 12 Sony Pictures Classics
15 The Young Karl Marx $7,901 -32% 8 -5 $988 $94,147 4 The Orchard
16 Faces Places $4,712 -57% 10 -3 $471 $934,394 24 Cohen Media Group
17 BPM (Beats Per Minute) $1,792 -21% 2 -1 $896 $125,080 22 The Orchard
18 Double Lover $485 -83% 1 -2 $485 $164,312 5 Cohen Media Group
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