Black Panther Tops Box Office; Near A Billion

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Refresh for latest...: Disney/Marvel's Black Panther is about to cross $900M at the worldwide box office. With how it's holding, Black Panther should become just the seventh film in history to break $600 million at the USA box office. Disney-Marvel's Black Panther raked in another impressive $65.7 million at the USA box office in its third weekend.

This is an all time high for Hollywood, and with "Black Panther" reaching box office heights that other African-American titles have been unable to achieve, the film's total could cause a change in the industry by encouraging diversity both behind and in front of the camera. It is worth noting, too, that it's also earned over $800 million worldwide and should have no problem breaking into the $1 billion club.

Panther, which also stars Lupita Nyong'o, Michael B. Jordan, Daniel Kaluuya and Martin Freeman, has now taken in almost US$900 million globally, with its opening in China still days away.

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Black Panther has now had smaller declines on the second and third weekends than Avengers did in May 2012 and the road ahead continues to look bright.

In its third weekend on 4,020 screens, Black Panther scored an estimated $65.7 million.

The film has already notched several box office feats. I don't expect it to hang around very long, but it only cost MGM $30 million to make, so add in some foreign box office and they should have a victor in the end. The film scored first place in 10 markets including Taiwan with $2.4 million, Spain with $2 million and Italy with $1.5 million. And hopping in at fifth place was "Peter Rabbit", with a $10 million weekend. Trending slightly better than Darker (had Freed followed the same path, it would have finished with about what it has earned now) Fifty Shades Freed will wheeze over the $100 million mark before it's done, but that's about it.

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Finishing off the top 5 this week is last weeks is Peter Rabbit which finds its self at 5. In seventh is "Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle", which added $4.5 million in its 11th weekend and is nearing $400 million domestic with a current total of $393 million.

The least-seen were "Phantom Thread" (Focus), which collected about $20 million, and "Call Me by Your Name" (Sony Pictures Classics), which put together roughly $17 million.

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