'Black Panther' Is Now The Second-Highest-Grossing Marvel Film Ever

'Black Panther' Is Now The Second-Highest-Grossing Marvel Film Ever

That figure brings "Black Panther" to rank as second place on Marvel Studios' all-time domestic box office rankings, behind "The Avengers" which made $623.4 million.

That's the third biggest third weekend of all time behind Star Wars: The Force Awakens ($90.2 million) and Avatar ($68.4 million), which begins to dominate this chart for the next several weeks.

Even if it doesn't, though, it's nearly a guarantee now that Ryan Coogler's spinoff will break the $1 billion mark worldwide when all's said and done, and that's mighty impressive. Black Panther has had some school breaks, but played in a more standard time of year when box office sales are historically slower.

It will go down as one of the highest grossing Marvel standalone films of all time.

This cast of characters is enjoyable to watch on screen and it will be exciting to see them integrate with the rest of the MCU in the upcoming Avengers: Infinity War.

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Red Sparrow tells the story of a Russian ballerina turned elite spy played by Jennifer Lawrence. I don't expect it to hang around very long, but it only cost MGM $30 million to make, so add in some foreign box office and they should have a victor in the end. In fact, seven of the top eleven blockbusters are from the Mouse House which is already planning out its box office dominance over the years ahead with an impressive calendar of titles it just announced leading into 2023. Black Panther 2 may end up being among the six untitled Marvel films set to release in 2021 and 2022. Then along came King T'challa, the Black Panther. The film cost roughly $69 million (including Lawrence's estimated $15-20 million salary) to make and now has a 51 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

The weekend's other new wide-release movie, "Death Wish" (Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer), sold an estimated $13 million in tickets, according to comScore, which compiles box office data. Though it was panned by critics with a 15 percent RT score, "Death Wish" earned a B+ on CinemaScore and should bring in a strong return, as the cult following for both Roth and the original "Death Wish" have given this film a built-in audience. Steven Spielberg's newspaper drama "The Post" (Twentieth Century Fox) did the best, collecting about $80 million.

It is also the studio's 18th straight number one opening. "Peter Rabbit" slipped from No. 3 to No. 5 with an estimated $10 million, down just 21.6% from last week. Joel Edgerton, Matthias Schoenaerts, Jeremy Irons, Mary-Louise Parker and Charlotte Rampling co-star in the film, which reportedly cost a net $69 million to produce.

Paramount's sci-fi thriller Annihilation took a plunge in its second weekend, taking in $1.5 million Friday on its way to $5 million for the weekend, down 55% from its opening weekend.

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