'Black Panther' roars past $700 million worldwide in week two

Erica Roy
March 2, 2018

Chadwick Boseman looks effortlessly cool as the titular Black Panther.

Typically, Hollywood movies show a dip in their first week to second week collections.

Black Panther earned $108 million domestically and $191 million worldwide during the three-day weekend.

Also, "Black Panther" is now one of just four films to make $100 million in its second weekend, alongside "Star Wars Episode VII", "Jurassic World" and "The Avengers". This points towards an extraordinary acceptance by audiences. It's all but guaranteed considering the film has yet to open in China and Japan. That's a more-than-solid opening for any comedy, much less a comedy dealing with "Black Panther" mania. "Black Panther" not only features a black leading role, but an nearly entirely black cast, with the two main exceptions being Martin Freeman and Andy Serkis, who clever people on the Internet are referring to as "the Tolkien white guys", thanks to Freeman's portrayal of Bilbo Baggins, and Serkis's portrayal of Gollum, Smeagol, the Witch King, and possibly also the One Ring and the entire city of Minas Tirith. Undoubtedly the biggest blockbuster of the year yet, the Marvel movie has collected a whopping $108 million from the United States and Canadian box offices.

Only in its second weekend, Marvel's Black Panther is well on its way to hitting a gross of $1 billion after putting $704 million on the boards within its 12 days of running in theaters across the globe.

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In third place was the animated holdover, Peter Rabbit, which totaled $13 million.

Finally, in at fifth was "Fifty Shades Freed" - the last film in the trilogy based on the wildly successful novels by EL James - with takings of US$6.9 million.

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