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.