'Black Panther' Leads Box Office for Fifth-Straight Weekend

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"Black Panther" took in a total of $30 million internationally to push its worldwide take to $577 million - making it the fifth highest title in the Marvel Cinematic Universe by that measure. The Marvel movie earned another $27 million for its fifth straight week at No. 1, leaving "Tomb Raider" to settle for second place.

It easily fended off a challenge from Warner Bros.' newly released "Tomb Raider", an adventure reboot starring Swedish actress Alicia Vikander as the fearless and ferocious Lara Croft. Critics gave it mediocre reviews (49 percent fresh on Rotten Tomatoes) and ticket-buyers responded with a "meh", giving it a B CinemaScore.

Black Panther has become only the seventh title to pass the US$600 million milestone at the North American box office, and is the second-fastest film to do so.

"Tomb Raider" came in first place in Europe, almost doubling the opening results of "Red Sparrow". 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.

It was the strong third place finish for the Roadside Attractions' faith-based drama I Can Only Imagine.

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Up next to take on "Black Panther" will be Universal's "Pacific Rim Uprising". The film, which co-stars Dennis Quaid and Cloris Leachman, cost only $7 million to make.

Amazingly, the low budget movie beat Disney's big-budget A Wrinkle In Time, which landed in fourth with an estimated $16.56 million in its second week on release. It's about the singer who wrote one of the most popular songs in Christian music.

The overall box office took in about US$130 million, down 50 per cent from the same weekend a year ago when Disney's Beauty and the Beast opened with US$174.5 million.

The movie debuted to $17.1 million from 1,628 cinemas, defeating A Wrinkle of Time and Love, Simon - the first film from a major Hollywood studio featuring a gay teen protagonist - in a surprise upset.

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