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Black Panther lands record second week on top of US box office with $108 million

Black Panther

Story by Jack Foley

THERE’S just no stopping Marvel’s Black Panther… the film landed a record $108 million in its second week of US release to comfortably hold onto top spot at the box office.

The figure marks the second best sophomore weekend of all-time behind 2015’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

It also means that the superhero tentpole, directed by Ryan Coogler, has already raked in $400 million in only 10 days of release in the States, while dropping only 47% in its second weekend (one of the smallest declines ever for a superhero movie).

The $108 million figure also means that Black Panther earned more in its second outing than a number of 2017’s blockbusters did in their first weekend, including Wonder Woman ($103.3 million), Justice League ($93 million) and Fast & Furious 8 ($98.8 million).

It also tied with 2015’s Jurassic World in reaching $400 million faster than any film in history behind The Force Awakens.

Overseas, the film earned another $83.8 million from 55 material markets to place No. 2 internationally behind Chinese mega-hit Operation Red Sea ($107 million). Black Panther‘s international total now stands at $304 million for a global haul of $704 million.

Disney’s film distribution head Dave Hollis commented: “The movie continues to play ahead of our modelling. It has become a cultural phenomenon. This is a movie audiences were hoping for, and that delivered beyond expectations.”

If the film continues to perform as well as it is, then it could potentially become the highest grossing title in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. It already has Captain America: Civil War in its sights, along with Iron Man 3 ($409 million) and Avengers: Age of Ultron ($459 million). The current record holder remains Avengers Assemble with $623.4 million.

Elsewhere in the US, R-rated comedy Game Night, starring Jason Bateman and Rachel McAdams, fared best out of the new releases.

The movie took $16.6 million to claim second spot. Directed by John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein, the story follows a couple whose regular game night with friends suddenly turns into a real-life murder mystery.

Alex Garland’s sci-fi pic Annihilation, starring Natalie Portman, didn’t do quite as well as hoped, opening to a relatively soft $11 million despite a very strong critical response. Annihilation came in fourth behind Sony holdover Peter Rabbit, which took in $12.5 million in its third weekend for a US total of $71.2 million.

Sadly, the US performance of Annihilation appears to confirm what Paramount feared when it decided to sell off the international distribution rights to the film to Netflix – that it was too intelligent for mainstream audiences to properly appreciate.

Fifty Shades Freed rounded out the US top five with $6.9 million as it whipped past the $300 million mark globally, including $89.6 million in North America.