After the events of Captain America: Civil War, King T’Challa returns home to the reclusive, technologically advanced African nation of Wakanda to serve as his country’s new.
Black Panther has done it again. Disney’s latest Marvel blockbuster is on track to collect an estimated $65.7 million from 4,084 theaters in the U.S. and Canada this weekend, clobbering newcomers Red Sparrow and Death Wish while scoring the third best third weekend of all time (behind Star Wars: the Force Awakens and Avatar).
That figure would bring the Ryan Coogler-directed superhero tale to a $501.1 million domestic total after 17 days in theaters, a sum that ranks 10th all time (not adjusted for inflation) and puts it ahead of every other Marvel movie save 2012’s The Avengers.
Black Panther has also grossed about $396.6 overseas, including an estimated $56.2 million this weekend, putting its worldwide total on the doorstep of $900 million.
Marking the 18th installment of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Black Panther stars Chadwick Boseman as the titular superhero, a.k.a. T’Challa, who rules and protects the secretive, technologically advanced nation of Wakanda. The ensemble cast also includes Michael B. Jordan, Angela Bassett, Forest Whitaker, Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira, Andy Serkis, and Letitia Wright. The film has garnered glowing reviews and an A-plus CinemaScore.Alighting in second place this weekend is Fox’s R-rated espionage thriller Red Sparrow — starring Jennifer Lawrence as a Russian ballerina turned deadly spy — with an estimated $17 million from 3,056 theaters. That’s in the ballpark of last year’s similarly themed spy flick Atomic Blonde, which bowed to $18.3 million, and Lawrence’s 2016 sci-fi movie Passengers, which opened to $14.9 million.
Based on the novel by Jason Matthews (a former CIA operative), Red Sparrow reunites Lawrence with director Francis Lawrence (no relation), whom she worked with on three Hunger Games movies. The cast also includes Joel Edgerton, Matthias Shoenaerts, and Charlotte Rampling. Critics’ reviews were mixed, and audiences gave it a lukewarm B CinemaScore.
The weekend’s other major new release, MGM’s vigilante remake Death Wish, arrives with about $13 million from 2,847 theaters — on the low end of industry projections and good for the No. 3 spot.
Directed by Eli Roth and based on the 1974 Charles Bronson movie of the same name, Death Wish stars Bruce Willis as a Chicago doctor who exacts bloody revenge on the men who brutally attacked his family.
The film has been savaged by critics, though moviegoers gave it a decent B-plus CinemaScore.LOS ANGELES — The 20th Century Fox thriller “Red Sparrow” flew low at the domestic box office over the weekend, collecting an estimated $17 million and becoming the third lackluster opening in a row for Jennifer Lawrence.
“Red Sparrow,” starring Ms. Lawrence as a Russian intelligence operative who specializes in sexual manipulation, ran into stronger-than-expected competition from “Black Panther,” which remained a huge No. 1 at North American theaters in its third weekend. “Black Panther” (Disney) collected about $65.7 million, for a new domestic total of $501.1 million; worldwide ticket sales now stand at roughly $900 million.
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. “Red Sparrow” had the hardest time attracting young adults; 79 percent of its audience was over the age of 25, according to Fox.
Ms. Lawrence, one of Hollywood’s most popular and highest-paid actresses, was last seen in Darren Aronofsky’s “Mother!” Released in the fall by Paramount, “Mother!” failed in wide release. Before that, Ms. Lawrence co-starred with Chris Pratt in Sony’s expensive “Passengers,” which arrived to a wobbly $14.9 million in 2016. Sony ultimately pushed “Passengers” to about $100 million in domestic ticket sales.
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. A remake of the 1974 movie of the same name, “Death Wish,” starring Bruce Willis, cost at least $30 million to produce and received withering reviews. The film, which celebrates a vigilante shooter, arrived in the wake of the school massacre in Parkland, Fla. Some people complained on social media that trailers advertising “Death Wish” continued to run in theaters.
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In other box office news, Hollywood’s awards season came to a close on Sunday with mixed results. Of the nine movies nominated for best picture at the 90th Academy Awards, which ABC will broadcast on Sunday night, seven were released during the last four months, Hollywood’s traditional awards corridor. Steven Spielberg’s newspaper drama “The Post” (20th Century Fox) did the best, collecting about $80 million.