Third straight week 'Black Panther' holds top box office spot

Double Take: Marvel/Disney's 'Black Panther'

Double Take: Marvel/Disney's 'Black Panther'

Black Panther's achievements dwarfs its current box office competitors.

Black Panther is king of the box office for the third straight weekend. Disney-Marvel's Black Panther raked in another impressive $65.7 million at the US box office in its third weekend.

Disney and Marvel's Black Panther continues to lead the charge, pulling in an estimated $16.3 million on Friday with early estimates looking at a $63+ million weekend, which means that $500 million mark by the end of the weekend is going to be close.

Its Oscar weekend in America, not that it makes any difference to the box office as the Marvel smash hit Black Panther remains at the top beating new films Red Sparrow and Death Wish.

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Worldwide markets are also rocking for Panther with this weekend contributing an estimated $56.2M pushing the overseas cume to $396.6M and the global haul to $897.7M. The tally will continue to go up from there, as Black Panther, coming off a remarkable $111 million domestic total in its second weekend, is expected to continue its reign this weekend as the calendar turns to March. This weekend it made an estimated $56.2 million, pushing its haul to $396.6 million. But none of these prestige-minded movies was widely embraced by mainstream ticket buyers - as when the 2011 best picture nominee "Black Swan" collected about $120 million, after adjusting for inflation; or Spielberg's "Lincoln" reached almost $200 million in 2013. The superhero adventure easily beat out two R-rated newcomers, 20th Century Fox's Red Sparrow, which took second place with $17M and MGM's Death Wish remake, which opened in third place with $13M.

Black Panther, the Marvel superhero film from Walt Disney Co., which has been breaking sales records, collected $65.7 million at cinemas in the United States and Canada.

Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at USA and Canadian theaters, according to comScore. Also opening in limited release this weekend was Sony Pictures Classics' Foxtrot, which earned $36,786 from four theaters for a $9,197 per-screen average, and Hannover's Death House, which took in $10,295 from one theater. Annihilation came in sixth with $5.7 million.

The top ten films grossed an estimated $134.1M this weekend which was down 20% from a year ago when Loganopened at number one with $88.4M; and down 6% from 2016 when Zootopiadebuted in the top spot with $75.1M. Jumanji has now grossed US$393.2 million in 75 days.

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