The following weekend, it opens in China, where Marvel Studios movies have recently drummed up more than $100 million in total domestic box office sales. My guess is that BLACK PANTHER will hold at least 50% of its audience, which should be more than enough to take out RED SPARROW. It opens in Russian Federation on Monday, followed by Japan next weekend and China on March 9.
"The movie continues to play ahead of our modeling", says Disney's film distribution head Dave Hollis.
The fact is that Black Panther has been awaited since he first showed up in the trailers for Captain America: Civil War, and that alone has kind of negated any thoughts of any other black superhero that existed before him. It brought in $108 million this weekend to also become the second biggest all-time movie for the mentioned period. If it comes in on the high end, it will score the third-best weekend of all time behind champ Star Wars: Force Awakens ($149.2 million) and Jurassic World ($106.6 million).
Directed by Ryan Coogler, Black Panther features an nearly entirely black cast led by Chadwick Boseman as the first non-white superhero to get his own standalone movie in the franchise. This weekend's audience was 33 percent African-American, 37 percent Caucasian, 18 percent Hispanic and 7 percent Asian, according to comScore. The movie tells the story of T'Challa, king of the technologically advanced nation of Wakanda, and his alter-ego, a super-powered protector called the Black Panther.
Far behind in second place, Warner Bros.' dark comedy mystery film "Game Night" opened with an estimated USD16.6 million. Overseas, Game Night launched to $5.2 million from 22 markets for a global bow of $22.2 million. The movie, earning a poor C CinemaScore, made headlines late a year ago when Paramount and Skydance, partners on the movie, sold off worldwide rights to Netflix.
Sony's animated adventure comedy film "Peter Rabbit" landed in third place with an estimated Dollars 12.54 million in its third weekend, pushing its North American cume to USD 71.29 million through Sunday. Jennifer Jason Leigh, Gina Rodriguez, and Tessa Thompson costar.
Also opening was the micro-budget young adult romance "Every Day, " the first release from Metro Goldwyn Mayer's rebooted Orion Pictures. Angourie Rice, Justice Smith, Debby Ryan and Maria Bello star. Fifty Shades Freed, the final installment of the trilogy based on E.L. James' books and starring Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan, was fifth with $6.9 million.