Black Panther just snagged a jaw-dropping $65.7 million in its third weekend of domestic release. That’s the third-biggest third weekend of all time, behind only Avatar ($69m in 2010) and Star: The Force Awakens ($90m in 2016). Both of those respective third frames occurred when the Friday was on New Years’ Day. Black Panther is thus the biggest third-weekend gross for a movie that didn’t have any holiday boost. If you want to adjust for inflation, the Black Panther’s third-weekend gross is the fourth-biggest of all time, behind only Spider-Man ($71m adjusted), Avatar ($79m adjusted) and Star Wars: The Force Awakens ($96m adjusted).
Like Jurassic World, it needed just 17 days to get to $500 million domestic, which will be one day slower than The Last Jedi and seven days slower than The Force Awakens. Boy, the studio that distributed Black Panther is gonna be pissed that it took longer to top $500m than those last two episodic Star Wars movies. In all seriousness, the ridiculous hold arguably implies that Black Panther will eventually catch up to The Last Jedi in day-to-day grosses. But it might take a moment, which just goes to show that year-end Christmas/New Years advantage.
It has already passed Finding Dory to become the tenth-biggest U.S. grosser of all time, with a final landing spot of between seventh place and fifth place by the time it wraps up. Either way, this gives Walt Disney 15 of the top 30 domestic earners of all time, with 12 of those being in just the last six years. That’s a terrifying monopoly on the top-tier of mega-bucks franchises, which is why (all due respect), you might want to be rooting for Deadpool 2 and Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom to kick unholy butt this summer.
Among comic book superhero flicks, it sits behind only The Dark Knight ($1 billion in 2008), The Dark Knight Rises ($1.1b in 2012), Captain America: Civil War ($1.1b in 2016), Iron Man 3 ($1.2b in 2013), Avengers: Age of Ultron ($1.4b in 2015) and The Avengers ($1.5b in 2012). Yes, it’s going to make a play for Iron Man 3’s milestone as the biggest solo superhero flick worldwide. Yes, it’s thus-far tracking for a solid bow in China next weekend. No, it doesn’t need to hit a home run in China to prove anything. Come what may, Black Panther is already a glorious smash hit.
Your move, Teen Titans Go to the Movies!.
WIDOWS is out in theaters everywhere November 16 [Watch Trailer]
20th Century Fox released the official film poster for the upcoming film WIDOWS in theaters November 16! The modern-day thriller stars Viola Davis, Michelle Rodriguez, Elizabeth Debicki, Cynthia Erivo, and more! WIDOWS is the story of four women with nothing in common except a debt left behind by their dead husbands’ criminal activities.
In Theaters November 16
SYNOPSIS: From Academy Award®-winning director Steve McQueen (“12 Years a Slave”) and co-writer and bestselling author Gillian Flynn (“Gone Girl”) comes a blistering, modern-day thriller set against the backdrop of crime, passion and corruption. “Widows” is the story of four women with nothing in common except a debt left behind by their dead husbands’ criminal activities. Set in contemporary Chicago, amid a time of turmoil, tensions build when Veronica (Oscar® winner Viola Davis), Linda (Michelle Rodriguez), Alice (Elizabeth Debicki) and Belle (Cynthia Erivo) take their fate into their own hands and conspire to forge a future on their own terms. “Widows” also stars Liam Neeson, Colin Farrell, Robert Duvall, Daniel Kaluuya, Lukas Haas and Brian Tyree Henry.
Cast: Viola Davis, Michelle Rodriguez, Elizabeth Debicki, Cynthia Erivo, Colin Farrell, Brian Tyree Henry, Daniel Kaluuya, Garret Dillahunt, Carrie Coon, Jacki Weaver, Jon Bernthal, Manuel Garcia-Rulfo with Robert Duvall and Liam Neeson
Directed by: Steve McQueen
Produced by: Iain Canning, p.g.a., Emile Sherman, p.g.a., Steve McQueen, p.g.a., Arnon Milchan, p.g.a.
Written by: Gillina Flynn and Steve McQueen
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