Within 17 days, Black Panther exceeds $500m mark in theatres

Double Take: Marvel/Disney's 'Black Panther'

Disney has already generated over $4 billion from the last three Star Wars films and "Black Panther" is sure to be on its way to hit that billion dollar mark, so is Disney's contribution really all that special? "Dergarabedian said of the two newcomers" arrivals, "Both newcomers performed to expectations but had to compete in a marketplace totally dominated by "Black Panther". The domestic gross of "Black Panther" is more than that of the next 10 movies on the top grossing list of 2018 combined.

Two new titles opened with moderate results that might have been higher without a must-see title like Black Panther in multiplexes.

The movie, costing a reported $30 million to produce after tax rebates and incentives, marks the first release from MGM since the indie studio re-entered the domestic distribution business. We also get the horror sequel THE STRANGERS: PREY AT NIGHT, which could end up surprising everyone because there are now no horror films in the top ten. According to data from comScore, the previous Oscar weekend record was $40 million in 2010, held by Disney's "Alice in Wonderland" remake.

Ryan Coogler's film kept new releases Red Sparrow and Death Wish from the number one spot in its third weekend on release with an impressive $65.7 million (GBP47.6 million).

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Rounding out the top five are Warner Bros'. comedy Game Night, with about $10.7 million, and Sony's animated movie Peter Rabbit, with about $10 million. With this, Panther has now surpassed Finding Dory ($486.2 million) for tenth place on the all-time domestic charts.

"Death Wish" follows in the trend of macho action films like "American Assassin" and "Den of Thieves", which are made relatively cheap for $25-40 million and are able to produce a solid return for their studios. Annihilation came in sixth with $5.7 million.

In fifth Peter Rabbit, a live action and CGI version of the Beatrix Potter tale, made $10 million for an $84 million domestic take and nearly $102 million globally in its third week on release. Jumanji has now grossed US$393.2 million in 75 days.

The least-seen were "Phantom Thread" (Focus), which collected about $20 million, and "Call Me by Your Name" (Sony Pictures Classics), which put together roughly $17 million.

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