AceShowbiz - "Black Panther" still maintains its reign at the North American box office on its fifth weekend, becoming the first film since 2009's "Avatar" to top the chart for five consecutive weekends. The latest Marvel superhero flick raked in an estimated $27 million.
The latest cume brings the movie's domestic revenue to cross the $600 million mark domestically with $605.4 million. It is only a few days away from overtaking fellow Marvel movie "The Avengers" ($623 million) to become the top-grossing superhero film of all time in North America, not adjusted for inflation.
Meanwhile, "Tomb Raider" hardly challenged "Black Panther" at the chart. The %cAlicia Vikander%-starring action flick debuted at No. 2 with an estimated $23.5 million from 3,854 theaters. However, the movie rules international box office with a whooping $84.5 million.
"I really hoped we would do more than $25 million domestically, but the fact that we were No. 1 globally is terrific news," said Warners domestic distribution chief Jeff Goldstein. "We always viewed this as an international play."
"I Can Only Imagine", which depicts the back story behind the song of the same name by Christian band %cMercyMe%, debuted at No. 3 with approximately $17 million. It marks the biggest opening in Roadside's history.
"It definitely shows that if you build a good movie, this audience will come out," Roadside co-president Howard Cohen said. "This is a branded property, and Dennis Quaid did a ton of publicity." Meanwhile, "A Wrinkle in Time" slipped to No. 4 with $16.6 million.
Another new release making it into the top five this week is "Love, Simon". The romantic comedy drama-film starring %cNick Robinson% landed at No. 5 with approximately $11.5 million from 2,402 theaters. With an A+ CinemaScore, the movie will likely gain advantage from word-of-mouth marketing.
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