"Black Panther" has now passed the $448 million domestic haul for "The Dark Knight Rises", and today it will pass the $459 million made in North America by "Avengers: Age of Ultron" to become the third highest grossing superhero movie in domestic box office history. Black Panther has crossed the $500 million mark domestically in just 17 days, which is a tie for third-fasted ever, and it is already the 10th-biggest film domestically ever. Black Panther had an opening weekend of $202 million making it the fifth highest domestic opening of all time.
Jennifer Lawrence's "Red Sparrow" thriller and Bruce Willis' "Death Wish" remake hit theaters nationwide this weekend. It has also cracked the top 50 at the worldwide box office and its worldwide box office is approaching $900 million.
One last time, the only film up for an Academy Award in the top ten, The Greatest Showman earns $2.6 mililion, good for ninth place. It should be noted that the two Star Wars films played during the lucrative Christmas holiday season while Jurassic World was in late June when most schools were closing for summer vacations.
Death Wish opened in third place with $13 million. That breaks down to $428.7 million domestically and $334.6 million internationally. The breakdown is $501.1M in North America and $396.6M at the global box office. The other new film of the weekend didn't fare quite as well.
"Black Panther's" progress will also keep Walt Disney (NYSE: DIS) studio Beuna Vista in the top spot among US studios in market share. Black Panther now sits at a healthy 97 percent on Rotten Tomatoes and 88 percent on Metacritic.
The first blockbuster with a black superhero in the leading role, Black Panther has become a symbol for promoting diversity in the movie industry. The money will also help centers open in Atlanta, GA; Baltimore, MD; Chicago, IL; Harlem, NY; Hartford, CT; Memphis, TN; New Orleans, LA; Orlando, FL; Philadelphia, PA; Washington, DC; and Watts, CA.
In fifth Peter Rabbit, a live action and CGI version of the Beatrix Potter tale, made $10 million for an $84 million domestic take and nearly $102 million globally in its third week on release.
Outside the top five, Paramount's "Annihilation", which added 100 screens in secondary cities, is looking at a 54 percent drop off in its second weekend with an estimated $5.1 million. Also releasing next weekend are the heist-comedy "Gringo" with Joel Edgerton, Charlize Theron, and David Oyelowo; the action-thriller "The Hurricane Heist" with Toby Kebbell, Maggie Grace, and Ryan Kwanten; and the horror-thriller "The Strangers: Prey at Night" with Christina Hendricks, Bailee Madison, and Martin Henderson.