Disney's latest Marvel blockbuster is on track to collect an estimated $65.7 million from 4,084 theaters in the US and Canada this weekend, clobbering newcomers Red Sparrow and Death Wish while scoring the third best third weekend of all time (behind Star Wars: the Force Awakens and Avatar).
Starring Chadwick Boseman as the first African American superhero, the Marvel and Disney release brought in $65.7 million domestically.
Stenberg says she has no regrets for sticking with her gut and not pursuing the $720 million-grossing film. That's in the ballpark of last year's similarly themed spy flick Atomic Blonde, which bowed to $18.3 million, and Lawrence's 2016 sci-fi movie Passengers, which opened to $14.9 million.
The superhero blockbuster now has the "third-highest third weekend" record of all time after "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" at ($90.2 million) and "Avatar" ($68.5 million).
Panther watched its domestic cume crush the half-billion mark after only 17 days of release as the total soared to a stunning $501.1M.
Although a sequel is not now confirmed, Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige mentioned in February that he'd like to see Coogler return to direct a potential follow-up.
With Panther continuing its dominance, this week's new releases fought an uphill battle for ticket sales.
Peter Rabbit adds another $10 million, off just 22%, and now has $84 million in four weekends.
The R-rated comedy Game Night held up well in its second weekend dropping 37% to an estimated $10.7M giving Warner Bros. The two films hoped to take down Marvel's "Black Panther", which has been dominating the domestic box-office since the film hit theaters three-weeks ago. Fox's one-two awards punch of The Shape of Water ($1.4 million) and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri ($1.2 million) fared the best, with Call Me By Your Name and The Post each scoring just under a million dollars. Its reign at the top of the weekend charts may come to an end next week when A Wrinkle In Time debuts, though that is open for debate at this point in time.
The Asia-Pacific region (excluding new openers Russian Federation and Japan) saw a decline of 53% from last weekend.