The 18th release in Marvel's Cinematic Universe of superhero movies has earned $605 million in the United States and Canada, according to box office tracker Exhibitor Relations, and is the first film since "Avatar" (2009) to chalk up five consecutive top spots.
Digging in its claws, "Black Panther" clung to its domestic box office lead for a fifth straight week, taking $26.7 million as Disney's other marquee release "A Wrinkle in Time" crashed and burned, data showed Monday.
That makes the Marvel movie the seventh-biggest domestic release ever - sliding in right behind "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" ($619.8 million) - and the No. 14 ever worldwide, before adjusting for inflation. Avatar - which also just so happened to be the highest-grossing movie of all time. In its second week, "A Wrinkle in Time" dropped 50 percent with $16.6 million in ticket sales.
Last but not least this weekend is "I Can Only Imagine", bringing in a better-than-expected $17 million in its first week out.
The Marvel movie has, by now, tallied a domestic haul of $605.4 million, and a massive $1.182 billion in worldwide ticket sales, as the Hollywood Reporter noted.
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This is particularly the case in the U.S., where Black Panther has just notched the accolade of being the top film in the country for the fifth weekend running. Red Sparrow continues to do middling business with $4.5 million over the weekend, to raise its, we assume, disappointing three-week total to $39.6 million.
"Black Panther" will face competition next weekend from Universal-Legendary's launch of "Pacific Rim: Uprising" and Paramount's animated comedy "Sherlock Gnomes".
MGM's third weekend of its "Death Wish" reboot rounded out the top 10 with $3.4 million at 2,676 locations to give the Bruce Willis vehicle $30 million in 17 days.