Black Panther dominates Box Office with $108 million in second weekend

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Disney-Marvel’s Black Panther is dominating the box office with an astounding $108 million across 4,020 locations in North America. This is the second-highest second weekend ever behind Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

According to Reuters, Black Panther, starring Chadwick Boseman, has now grossed $400 million domestically in its first ten days. Only The Force Awakens has ever reached that milestone quicker. Black Panther has also grossed $304 million internationally.

The superhero film, which is the 18th in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, declined only 46 percent from its opening Friday-Sunday, underlining the film’s massive appeal among moviegoers. Star Wars: The Force Awakens set the second weekend record with $149 million in 2015, and Black Panther topped the second weekends of both Jurassic World (2015) at $106.6 million, and The Avengers (2012) with $103 million.

Black Panther, directed by Ryan Coogler, has caught on with moviegoers this month in a way that few other titles have in Hollywood’s recent history. It has notched an A+ Cinemascore, becoming only the second Marvel film to do so and has dazzled critics with a 97 percent ‘fresh’ score on Rotten Tomatoes. The film also stars Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong‘o, Danai Gurira, Martin Freeman, Daniel Kaluuya and Letitia Wright.

Warner Bros.-New Line’s opening of R-rated Game Night, starring Jason Bateman and Rachel McAdams, finished a distant second with $16.6 million across a total of 3,488 locations. The film is directed by John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein and follows Bateman and McAdams as couple whose regular game night suddenly turns into a murder mystery. Critics have given the movie strong support, helping draw an 82 percent ‘fresh’ rating on Rotten Tomatoes.


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