Written By: Nick Poulimenakos
Ryan Coogler’s game-changing superhero epic continues to shatter records and expectations as it grosses $108 million in its second week at the box office. The film was shown in 4,020 theaters to score the top second weekend of all time behind Star Wars: Force Awakens.
In just 10 days, The Disney and Marvel title raced past the $400 million mark domestically after dropping only 47 percent from its opening weekend. That’s one of the lowest declines ever for a superhero feature, as well as one of the lowest for a movie launching with a budget of $200 million+ (the bigger the opening, the bigger the drop in many instances).
In North America, Black Panther has become the fourth movie to cross $100 million in its second weekend, earning more than any of 2017 tentpoles did in their first weekend, including Justice League at $93 million and The Fast and the Furious at $98.8 million. It also ties with Jurassic World for reaching $400 million faster than any film in history, once again behind The Force Awakens.
Overseas, the film has now hauled in a massive $304 million with its global total now hitting $704 million.
Black Panther is poised to now become the 3rd highest grossing MCU film domestically as it readies itself to pass Captain America: Civil War at $408 million and Iron Man 3 at $409 million. It has the potential to best Avengers: Age of Ultron at $459 million and is on its way to even eclipsing The Avengers at $623.4 million to become the No. 1 superhero title of all time, unadjusted for inflation.
Elsewhere, New Line’s R-rated comedy Game Night, featuring Jason Bateman and Rachel McAdams, fared the best. The movie, facing a strained marketplace for comedies, opened to a solid $16.6 million from 3,488 locations, earning the number two spot for this weekend weekend.
Alex Garland’s sci-fi pic Annihilation, starring Natalie Portman, Oscar Isaac and Tessa Thompson, opened to $11 million from 2,012 theaters. The movie, earning critical acclaim, has not fared well with movie-goers, earning poor C CinemaScore from audiences. The debut however did in fact double Garland’s previous film, Ex Machina‘s, debut, so this can be considered progress.
Black Panther, Game Night and Annihilation are all in theatres now.