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Black Panther remains on top in US with third biggest third weekend in history

Black Panther

Story by Jack Foley

MARLVEL’S Black Panther showed few signs of box office fatigue in its third weekend of US release, raking in a further $65.7 million to leap past the $500 million mark in the US.

The film, starring Chadwick Boseman and Michael B Jordan, has now also earned nearly $900 million worldwide to become the 10th biggest mobvie of all time in the US, not adjusted for inflation.

It also nabbed the third biggest third weekend in history behind Star Wars: The Force Awakens ($90.2 million) and Avatar ($68.5 million) to become the No. 3 superhero pic of all time behind The Dark Knight ($534.9M), which it will soon pass, and fellow Marvel title The Avengers ($623.4M), which it could also ultimately beat.

Incredibly, the film’s global haul has been reached despite not yet opening in China.

The competition came from two R-rated thrillers: Jennifer Lawrence’s Red Sparrow and Bruce Willis’ Death Wish revival.

The former beat Death Wish with an estimated $17 million – but the return still represents a muted response from audiences.

The action thriller, based on the novel by Jason Matthews, reunites Lawrence with her Hunger Games director Francis Lawrence, follows the story of a Russian ballerina who, after suffering a career-ending injury, becomes a seductive and cunning intelligence operative.

Death Wish, a remake of the 1974 revenge thriller starring Charles Bronson, opened to an estimated $13 million despite bad reviews. The film finds Willis playing a doctor who takes the law into his own hands after an attack on his wife and daughter. It is directed by horror luminary Eli Roth.

The remainder of the US top five was occupied by R-rated comedy Game Night, which took fourth spot with $10.7 million, and family movie Peter Rabbit, which came fifth with $10 million.

Alex Garland’s Annihilation, a critical darling that is only getting a Netflix release outside of the US, occupies sixth spot with $5.7 million.