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

Double Take: Marvel/Disney's 'Black Panther'

In less than three weeks, "Black Panther" has become 47th highest grosser worldwide and the 10th highest domestic grosser of all time with $501.1 million. Black Panther is also now the 10th highest-grossing film at the domestic box office.

Red Sparrow played best on both coasts, while slightly under-indexing in Middle America.

The movie starring Chadwick Boseman and Michael B. Jordan broke multiple box office records too, stealing the record for the largest opening for an African-American director.

Worldwide markets are also rocking for Panther with this weekend contributing an estimated $56.2M pushing the overseas cume to $396.6M and the global haul to $897.7M. Also it's been significantly underestimated the last two weekends, so the actual figure will likely be a couple million higher. The new movie takes $13 million from its debut weekend.

Bruce Willis saw a decent start for his new action offering Death Wish which bowed to an estimated $13M from 2,847 theaters for a $4,575 average.

Jennifer Lawrence's spy thriller "Red Sparrow" opened with $26.5 million from 8,744 screens in 65 worldwide markets in its debut weekend for Fox.

While everyone assumed Black Panther would be huge, as Marvel continually takes their B and C-level players to A-list box office performances, I don't think anyone expected this performance. Black Panther 2 may end up being among the six untitled Marvel films set to release in 2021 and 2022.

Next was comedy thriller "Game Night" from Warner Bros., taking in $10.7 million.

To say Black Panther has strong legs would be an understatement. To date, the United Kingdom leads all territories with $49.1 million, followed by South Korea ($41.4 million), Brazil ($24.9 million), Australia ($22.3 million) and Mexico ($22 million). Predictably holding well as family films should, it gets a little bit of competition for family dollars with next weekend's A Wrinkle in Time, but it's still pretty smooth sailing to $100 million for the Beatrix Potter adaptation.

Then came "The Shape of Water" (Fox Searchlight) with $57.4 million in domestic ticket sales; "Darkest Hour" (Focus Features) with $55.4 million; and "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri" with $52 million.

The other new film of the weekend didn't fare quite as well.

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