Black Panther has met with critical acclaim since its release in February, which has certainly helped to raise its total box office gains. The latest Marvel film has grossed $501.1 million in North America in 17 days, enough to become the 10th highest grossing film in USA history, so far.
Heading into its third frame in theaters, most box office analysts believed Marvel's Black Panther could not be beat, coming off a record-breaking debut ($202M) and an impressive second weekend ($111.6M), where it dropped just 44.7%. "Black Panther" is king of the USA box office for the third straight weekend.
Black Panther crosses the $500 million mark and moves into the all time top ten after just three weekends, as two new films, both with some star power, open on Academy Awards weekend to mixed results. The Marvel superhero movie made an estimated $67.5 million at the USA and Canadian box office this weekend, putting it firmly ahead of newcomers like Jennifer Lawrence's Red Sparrow and the new Bruce Willis movie Death Wish. The highly praised Marvel film topped new action releases Red Sparrow and Death Wish to remain at No. 1.
Black Panther is now running in theaters worldwide. In addition, Black Panther has become the second highest grossing installment in the Marvel Cinematic Universe to date.
The weekend's other new wide-release movie, "Death Wish" (Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer), sold an estimated $13 million in tickets, according to comScore, which compiles box office data.More news: Netflix Releases 'Black Mirror' Teaser Announcing Season 5 Renewal
The setting of the movie takes place two years after King T'Chaka was assassinated in the events of Captain America: Civil War.
Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at US and Canadian theaters, according to comScore. The Fox hit took in an estimated $2.7M, off just 22%, for a $164.6M cume putting the worldwide tally at a big $375.8M. "Lady Bird" (A24) followed with $48.3 million. And hopping in at fifth place was "Peter Rabbit", with a $10 million weekend.
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.