Disney-Marvel's “Black Panther” is dominating the US box office with an astounding $108 million at 4,020 North American locations — the second-highest second weekend ever behind “Star Wars: The Force Awakens”.
The Chadwick Boseman-starrer has now grossed $400 million domestically in its first 10 days. Only “The Force Awakens” has reached that milestone faster. It's also grossed $304 million internationally, according to Variety.
The superhero film, the 18th in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, declined only 46% from its opening Friday-Sunday — underlining the film's massive appeal among moviegoers. “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” set the second weekend record with $149 million in 2015, and “Black Panther” topped the second weekends of 2015's “Jurassic World” at $106.6 million, and 2012's “The Avengers” with $103 million.
The film, also starring Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong'o, Danai Gurira, Martin Freeman, Daniel Kaluuya and Letitia Wright and directed by Ryan Coogler, has caught on with moviegoers this month in a way that few other titles have in Hollywood's recent history. It's notched an A+ Cinemascore — becoming only the second Marvel film to do so — and has dazzled critics with a 97% “fresh” score on Rotten Tomatoes.
Thanks to “Black Panther” and Sony's “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle,” 2018 domestic box office has increased by an eye-popping 12.5% to $1.91 billion as of Sunday, according to comScore.
Warner Bros.-New Line's opening of R-rated “Game Night”, starring Jason Bateman and Rachel McAdams, finished a distant second with $16.6 million, while Sony's third weekend of “Peter Rabbit” hopped into third place with $12.5 million. That was enough to edge Paramount's sci-fi thriller “Annihilation” with a respectable $11 million.
Universal's third weekend of “Fifty Shades Freed” followed in fifth.