Monday, February 19, 2018

Weekend Box-Office: BLACK PANTHER Scores Fifth Largest Opening of All-Time


As expected, Marvel's "Black Panther" stormed the box-office and broke records. Meanwhile, the animated film "Early Man" flopped, and the biblical saga "Samson" somehow managed to break into the Top 10.

Find out more about the weekend box office after the jump.

The latest entry in the MCU, Disney and Marvel's "Black Panther" conquered the President's Day weekend box-office with a huge $192 million in three days and it's expected to finish with around $218 million for the entire four-day holiday weekend. The film has broken the record for largest February opening, previously held by "Deadpool" with $132 million. It's also the largest President's Day weekend opening of all-time and the fifth largest three-day domestic opening ever. Within the MCU it's the second largest ever, behind "The Avengers" which grossed $207.4 million in its opening weekend. Overseas the film raked in $169 million from 48 markets. "Black Panther" received rave reviews from critics (97% on Rotten Tomatoes and 88 on Metacritic) and a rare "A+" from CinemaScore's audience polls.

Sony's animated film "Peter Rabbit" finished in second place with $17.2 million, bringing its domestic cume to $48.2 million after 10 days, against a $50 million budget.

"Fifty Shades Freed"  dropped 56% and finished the weekend with $16.9 million. Its domestic total has reached $76.1 million, while overseas it brought in $190.8 million.

In fourth place, "Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle" is still holding on. The film dropped just 20%, grossing $7.9 million and has earned $377.6 million domestically, becoming Sony's second highest grossing domestic release of all-time. To become the studio's top earner, it's going to have to surpass the 2002  "Spider-Man" film which grossed $403.7 million. "Jumanji" has also become Sony's second biggest global release ever with $904.6 million, behind the $1.1 billion grossed by "Skyfall" .

The Top 5 is rounded up by Clint Eastwood's "The 15:17 to Paris" with $7.6 million. The film has grossed $25.4 million after 10 days in theaters.

Another new wide release, Aardman's stop-motion animated film "Early Man" opened with a low $3.1 million from 2,494 theaters against a $50 million budget. The film received a positive critical reception (81% from Rotten Tomatoes and 68 on Metacritic) but CinemaScore only reported a "B" grade from moviegoers, which doesn't help an already bad start.

PureFlix's biblical film "Samson" opened with a modest $1.9 million from 1,249 theaters over the three-day weekend, which fell short of most pundit's expectations.

New Wide Releases: "Black Panther", "Early Man", "Samson". The film received negative reviews from critics (27% on Rotten Tomatoes and 17 on Metacritic).

Biggest Drop : "Maze Runner: The Death Cure" (-59.4%)

Smallest Drop : "Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle" (-20.7%)

Rank Title Weekend Gross Domestic Total Foreign Total Budget
1 Black Panther $192M $192M $169M $200M
2 Peter Rabbit $17.2M $48.2M N/A $50M
3 Fifty Shades Freed $16.9M $76.1M $190.8M $55M
4 Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle $7.9M $377.6M $527M $90M
5 The 15:17 to Paris $7.6M $25.4M $10.7M $30M
6 The Greatest Showman $5.1M $154.4M $185.6M $84M
7 Early Man $3.1M $3.1M N/A $50M
8 Maze Runner: The Death Cure $2.5M $54M $205.2M $62M
9 Winchester $2.2M $21.8M N/A $3.5M
10 Samson $1.9M $1.9M N/A N/A


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