‘Black Panther’ stays on top of the box office as ‘Tomb Raider’ misses the mark

Black Panther review

Another weekend, another box-office milestone crossed by Marvel Studios’ Black Panther.

The superhero feature made it five straight weeks at the top of the box office with a $27 million weekend that not only topped new release Tomb Raider, but also pushed Black Panther past the $600 million mark in U.S. theaters. The Marvel movie is now the second fastest film to cross that mark in Hollywood history, taking longer than the 12 days that current record-holder Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens needed, but less time than the 36 days it took Jurassic World to pass $600 million.

Black Panther also joined a small group of films that have remained in the top spot for at least five consecutive weeks. Of the 25 movies to have ever done so, the last to do so was Avatar in 2009, and before that, The Sixth Sense in 1999 (the current record-holder for consecutive weekends as the top movie in the U.S. is Titanic, with 15 straight weekends as the box-office winner).

# Title  Weekend    U.S. Total   Worldwide Total 
1. Black Panther $27M $605.4M $1.18B
2. Tomb Raider $23.5M $23.5M $126M
3. I Can Only Imagine $17M $17M $17M
4. A Wrinkle in Time $16.5M $61M $71.6M
5. Love, Simon $11.5M $11.5M $11.5M
6. Game Night $5.5M $54.1M $84.6M
7. Peter Rabbit $5.2M $102.4M $145.1M
8. Strangers: Prey at Night $4.8M $18.6M $18.6M
9. Red Sparrow $4.4M $39.5M $106.1M
10. Death Wish $3.3M $29.9M $29.9M

As for this weekend’s new releases, the franchise-rebooting Tomb Raider had an underwhelming premiere that generated a lukewarm response from professional critics and audiences alike. The film currently has a mere 49-percent approval rating on review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes and a tepid “B” grade from audience polling site CinemaScore.

It’s not a total loss for Oscar winner Alicia Vikander’s debut as Tomb Raider heroine Lara Croft, though, as the film did have a strong opening overseas that pushed its worldwide ticket sales past $126 million. That’s more than the film’s $94 million budget, so as long as it holds strong for a few more weeks internationally, it could do well enough to kick-start the series as planned.

Two more new releases cracked the weekend’s top ten films, with the faith-based drama I Can Only Imagine outperforming expectations to slide into third place ($17 million), and the coming-of-age drama Love, Simon coming in a respectable fifth with $11.5 million. Both films were received well by audiences and critics, so this might not be the last we see of them in the box-office top ten.

Outside of the top ten, surprise hit Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle inched closer to becoming the highest-grossing movie of all time domestically for Sony Pictures. Only $3.5 million currently separates Jumanji from the studio’s record-holder, the 2002 franchise-spawning superhero film Spider-Man.

This upcoming weekend could crown a new box-office champion with the arrival of the much-anticipated sequel Pacific Rim Uprising in theaters, and with Wes Anderson’s animated feature Isle of Dogs and the more family-friendly animated feature Sherlock Gnomes also debuting, there’s a lot of competition for audiences this week.