It's also thwarted any and all attempts by other films to claim the top box office slot thus far, pulling in $27 million this weekend-enough to stave off the freshly released Tomb Raider, which earned $23.5 million in its opening weekend.
Disney and director Ryan Coogler's superhero blockbuster Black Panther is on track to rule the box office once again, earning an estimated $27 million this weekend at 3,834 theaters in the US and Canada. By next weekend, it should overtake The Avengers to become the highest-grossing superhero movie of all time in North America (until Avengers: Infinity War, at least).
"Black Panther" has become the first film since 2000's "Avatar" to top the weekend box office five straight weekends. When two foes conspire to destroy Wakanda, the hero known as Black Panther must team up with C.I.A. agent Everett K. Ross and members of the Dora Milaje, Wakandan special forces, to prevent Wakanda from being dragged into a world war. With its overseas takings, the movie has now crossed more than $1.1 billion. Lara has to use her smarts, her faith, and her spirit to help her on her venture into the unknown.
According to comScore, the weekend was down 50% from the same weekend in 2017 when Disney's "Beauty and the Beast" opened with a record-breaking $174.8 million. The videogame-based action adventure score a B grade from moviegoers in CinemaScore exit polls. It also stars Walton Goggins and Dominic West.More news: Showers and Storms Return To The Forecast
Taking the No. 2 spot this week with a subpar USA debut is "Tomb Raider", bringing in an estimated $23.5 million.
The surprise of the weekend was the Lionsgate-Roadside Attractions Christian drama "I Can Only Imagine", which grossed $17.1 million on 1,629 screens - less than half the number that Black Panther, Tomb Raider and A Winkle in Time played on. An LGBTQ coming-of-age tale, the movie was popular among audiences and critics, earning an A plus on CinemaScore and a 91 percent "fresh" rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
Rounding out the top five are Disney's big-budget "A Wrinkle in Time" in fourth place with $16.6 million in its second weekend, and gay teen romance "Love, Simon" at #5 with an opening-weekend take of $11.5 million. "Love, Simon" was directed by Greg Berlanti, the film stars Nick Robinson, Jennifer Garner, and Josh Duhamel.