"Black Panther" outruns "Tomb Raider."
Marvel’s Black Panther isn’t showing any interest in giving up that top spot title anytime soon as it closes out its fifth consecutive week as the No. 1 film in the domestic market. Reeling in $27 million, the film still managed to outmaneuver the debut run of Tomb Raider, originally slated to dethrone Panther this weekend.
With this, of course, comes new records and places in history as the Ryan Coogler-directed picture now becomes only the seventh film to ever move past the $600 million mark in North America and the third film in 19 years to spend at least five weeks at No. 1, finding company only in James Cameron’s Avatar and M. Night Shyamalan’s The Sixth Sense.
Black Panther now brings up its figures to a domestic total of $605.4 million, while hitting $1.182 billion globally as it steadily moves towards the title of being the top-grossing superhero film of all time in North America—a slot currently held by Marvel’s The Avengers which sits at $623 million.
Tomb Raider—a reboot of the videogame adaptation originally starring Angelina Jolie in the early 2000’s—didn’t quite live up to the success it was slated to bring in North America, raking in a figure just shy of the $25 million mark with $23.5 mill and pulling in at a close second. Despite a modest showing on the home front, the film clearly resonated with foreign audiences, making it the No. 1 film in the world after pulling in $102.5 million overseas—making a big impact with $41.1 million in China—bringing the overall total to $126 million globally.
"I really hoped we would do more than $25 million domestically, but the fact that we were No. 1 globally is terrific news," Warner Bros. domestic distribution chief Jeff Goldstein noted. "We always viewed this as an international play."