In Second Weekend, “Black Panther” Continues to Break Records and Exceed Expectations

'Black Panther' (Courtesy of Marvel Studios)
‘Black Panther’ (Courtesy of Marvel Studios)

Ryan Coogler’s groundbreaking superhero pic Black Panther continued to defy all expectations in its sophomore outing, grossing an estimated $108 million from 4,020 theaters to score the top second weekend of all time behind 2015’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

The Disney and Marvel title reached the $400 million mark domestically in only 10 days after dropping a narrow 47 percent in its second weekend. That’s one of the smallest declines ever for a superhero title, as well as one of the smallest for a film launching north of $200 million (the bigger the opening, the bigger the drop in many instances). Thanks to Black Panther, domestic revenue year-to-date is now up a dazzling 12.5 percent over the same period in 2017 after running behind by more than 1 percent two weeks ago, according to comScore.

Overseas, the pic earned $83.8 million for an international tally of $304 million and a global haul of $704 million, including $50 million for Imax theaters. It has yet to open in Russia, Japan and China.

In North America, Black Panther — which became the fourth movie to cross $100 million in its second weekend — earned more in its second outing than a number of 2017 tentpoles did in their first weekend, including Wonder Woman ($103.3 million), Justice League ($93 million) and The Fate of the Furious ($98.8 million). And it tied with 2015’s Jurassic World in reaching $400 million faster than any film in history behind The Force Awakens.

“The movie continues to play ahead of our modeling,” says Disney’s film distribution head Dave Hollis. “It has become a cultural phenomenon. This is a movie audiences were hoping for, and that delivered beyond expectations.”

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SOURCE: Pamela McClintock 
The Hollywood Reporter