MARCH 5 UPDATE: Marvel Studios’ cultural and commercial juggernaut Black Panther crossed $500m in North America at the weekend to became the 10th biggest box office hit in history.
Adding a confirmed $66.3m for the third best third weekend of all time behind Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Avatar, Black Panther leaped to $501.7m and became the joint fastest release to reach the milestone in 17 days, alongside Jurassic World.
Fox’s spy thriller Red Sparrow starring Jennifer Lawrence arrived in second place on a lacklustre $15.9m from 3,056 theatres, while crime thriller remake Death Wish starring Bruce Willis and directed by Eli Roth – the first film to open under MGM’s revived distribution apparatus – opened at number three on $13m in 2,847, a reasonable effort given the stated $30m price tag.
Sony’s Peter Rabbit ranks fifth on $84.1m after four weekends and has crossed $100m worldwide, while Paramount’s Annihilation slipped 49.3% in its second session and two slots to number six on $5.7m for $206m. It launches internationally on Netflix 17 days after North American release.
In limited release, SPC opened the acclaimed Israeli drama Foxtrot at number 50 on $31,629 in four sites.
Box office for the top 12 amounted to $137.2m in a typically sluggish Oscars weekend (with the exception of Black Panther), down 23.6% on last weekend and down 20.8% on the comparable session in 2017, which was not an Oscar weekend. The 2017 ceremony took place on February 26.
This week’s wide releases are: Nash Edgerton’s comedy Gringo through STX Entertainment starring Joel Edgerton, Thandie Newton, David Oyelowo and Charlize Theron; action thriller The Hurricane Heist directed by Rob Cohen and starring Toby Kebbell and Maggie Grace via Entertainment Studios; and horror Strangers: Prey At Night with Christina Hendricks, through Aviron.
Confirmed top 10 North America March 2-4, 2018
Film (Dist) / Conf wkd gross / Conf total to date
1 (1) Black Panther (Buena Vista) Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures International $66.3m $501.7m
2 (-) Red Sparrow (Fox) Fox International $16.9m –
3 (-) Death Wish (MGM) MGM $13m –
4 (2) Game Night (Warner Bros) Warner Bros Pictures International $10.4m $33.2m
5 (3) Peter Rabbit (Sony Pictures) Sony Pictures Releasing International $10m $84.1m
6 (4) Annihilation (Paramount) Netflix $5.6m $20.6m
7 (6) Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle (Sony) Sony Pictures Releasing International $4.4m $393.1m
8 (5) Fifty Shades Freed (Universal) Universal Pictures International $3.4m $95.7m
9 (8) The Greatest Showman (Fox) Fox International $2.7m $164.6m
10 (9) Every Day (Orion) MGM $1.5m $5.2m