Another Win for Wakanda (and Black Panther)

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Yes, King T’Challa moonlights as Black Panther, the nation of Wakanda’s sacred protector. But his titular movie is proving to be something of an Iron Man at the box office.

Disney/Marvel’s Black Panther continues to dominate at the multiplex, earning an estimated $65.7 million in North America to coast to its third straight win. That’s an incredibly hulkish take, to be honest, and it continues to set records along the way. With $501.1 million in domestic earnings, Black Panther became the third-fastest movie ever to cross the $500 million mark, and Box Office Mojo says that it’s already the tenth highest-grossing flick of all time. Oh, and if we cast our vision overseas, we find that Panther’s collected nearly another $400 million all told, bringing the superhero movie’s total take to a staggering $900 mil.

Can it make it Thor—er, four in a row next week? Well, that’s yet to be seen, but what it’s achieved so far is worth a doff of the cap, regardless.

Black Panther swallowed newcomer Red Sparrow like the proverbial cat and the canary. Jennifer Lawrence’s new (and super-problematic) espionage thriller cleared just $17 million to finish a very distant second. Another newcomer, Bruce Willis’ unapologetically bloody Death Wish remake, slipped into third with $13 million: That’s a lot of red spread around for not a lot of green.

Game Night rolled into fourth place with $10.7 million, while the surprisingly durable Peter Rabbit hopped down to fifth with an estimated $10 million flat. The animated family flick has now earned around $84.1 million: Perhaps the rabbit’s feet Peter keeps on hand are paying off.

Who wrote this?

Paul Asay has been writing for Plugged In since 2007 and loves superheroes and finding God in unexpected places. In addition, Paul has also written several books, with his newest—Burning Bush 2.0—recently published by Abingdon Press. When Paul’s not reviewing movies, he hikes with his wife, Wendy, runs marathons with his grown kids, Colin and Emily, and beats back unruly houseplants. Follow him on Twitter @AsayPaul.

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