Black Panther, starring Chadwick Boseman as T'Challa, has become the first film since 2009's Avatar to top the weekend box office for five straight weekends. The movie debuted to $17.1 million from 1,628 cinemas, defeating A Wrinkle of Time and Love, Simon - the first film from a major Hollywood studio featuring a gay teen protagonist - in a surprise upset.
Black Panther's main competition over the March 16-18, 2018 weekend came from Warner Bros Pictures' Tomb Raider.
The Ryan Coogler-directed superhero blockbuster is the seventh film to pass $600 million domestically after Star Wars: The Last Jedi ($619 million), The Avengers ($623 million), Jurassic World ($652 million), Titanic ($658 million), Avatar ($760 million) and Star Wars: The Force Awakens ($937 million).
Marvel's Black Panther isn't showing any interest in giving up that top spot title anytime soon as it closes out its fifth consecutive week as the No. 1 film in the domestic market.
Alicia Vikander's "Tomb Raider" ruled the global box office with $84.5 million at 32,685 screens in 65 markets, led by a solid $41.1 million opening in China.More news: Insurgent attack kills 10 Afghan security forces
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"Tomb Raider" came in first place in Europe, almost doubling the opening results of "Red Sparrow". Including this weekend's estimated total, "Black Panther" has grossed a whopping $605.4 million. Norwegian filmmaker Roar Uthaug (The Wave) directed the $90 million film, which stars Alicia Vikander opposite Dominic West, Walton Goggins, Daniel Wu and Kristin Scott Thomas. It's about the singer who wrote one of the most popular songs in Christian music.
Based on the beloved children's book and with a starry cast including Oprah Winfrey and Reese Witherspoon among others, the film's domestic cume now stands at $61 million.
The long-awaited "Tomb Raider" reboot hit theaters nationwide this weekend, battling the romantic comedy-drama "Love, Simon" in hopes to win the weekend.
FOX's "Love, Simon" made $11.5M across 2,402 locations this weekend, which landed the film in the top-five overall.