Weekend box office: Red Sparrow can't catch Black Panther

Emmett Rice
March 5, 2018

The domestic gross of "Black Panther" is more than that of the next 10 movies on the top grossing list of 2018 combined. Red Sparrow raked in $17 million at the box office while Death Wish pulled in $13 million.

"Black Panther" will continue to write a place in the record books as each week in release passes. Black Panther 2 may end up being among the six untitled Marvel films set to release in 2021 and 2022.

The U.K. has led the way for "Black Panther" on the foreign front with $49.1 million, followed by South Korea with $41.4 million, Brazil with $24.9 million, Australia with $27.3 million, Mexico with $22 million and France with $21 million.

The news was not so good for "Red Sparrow", with the Jennifer Lawrence-starring spy flick earning just $17 million domestically in its debut weekend to land in the #2 spot.

But the R-rated "Red Sparrow", which cost Fox at least $100 million to make and market, divided critics and received a lukewarm B grade from ticket buyers in CinemaScore exit polls. Also it's been significantly underestimated the last two weekends, so the actual figure will likely be a couple million higher. But J-Law's film had a few things working against it, most notably the comparisons to Black Widow long before anyone had even seen the film.

The Disney/Marvel collaboration, starring Chadwick Boseman as the superhero king of an idyllic if fictional African country, took in an estimated $65.7 million for the three-day weekend, website Exhibitor Relations reported.

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Black Panther is undoubtedly Wakanda's greatest export - with Vibranium being a close second, of course.

Wakanda's king may finally be knocked from his box-office throne next weekend with the release of director Ava DuVernay's "A Wrinkle in Time", another Disney film that gives groundbreaking representation to African-Americans on both sides of the camera.

Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle spends its 11th weekend in the top ten and I'm exhausted of writing about it.

Elsewhere, Universal's Fifty Shades Freed topped $250M overseas as it approaches $350M worldwide.

The top ten films grossed an estimated $134.1M this weekend which was down 20% from past year when Loganopened at number one with $88.4M; and down 6% from 2016 when Zootopiadebuted in the top spot with $75.1M. It's got a total of $5.2 million so far, which isn't the worst considering the low screen count of just 1,669 theaters.

The Asia-Pacific region (excluding new openers Russian Federation and Japan) saw a decline of 53% from last weekend.

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