'Black Panther' surpasses 'Tomb Raider' for fifth box office crown

Black Panther has slipped to second place domestically on just two of its 31 days in North American theaters (giving way to A Wrinkle in Time as well as Tomb Raider on their respective first days), as did Avatar (for similar reason with Sherlock Holmes and The Book of Eli) but not The Sixth Sense nor Titanic. Internationally, Black Panther earned another $30 million to take its overseas total to $577.1 million (with $96 million of that coming from China) and worldwide sum to $1.183 billion, passing both Captain America: Civil War ($1.153 billion) and Minions ($1.159 billion) to become the No. 14 movie of all time globally. When release dates were being set a year ago, few could have foreseen "Black Panther" no. 1 five weeks in. Directed by Norwegian filmmaker Roar Uthaug, the 90-million rebooted "Tomb Raider" stars Swedish actress Alicia Vikander as the archaeologist adventurer Lara Croft.

Black Panther also joined another limited group of films with its weekend haul, as the movie crossed the $600 million domestic mark.

According to reports, the last film to slay like Black Panther was 2009's Avatar. Lara Croft: Tomb Raider is the first film released in 2001 and opened with $47.7 million. So far the film has brought in $605.4 million, while worldwide "Black Panther" has grossed more than $1.1 billion. The action adventure takes the number one spot at the global box office with $84.5 million (GBP60.6 million) in earnings, which has helped push it over $100 million (GBP71.7 million) overseas.

Disney is the parent company of Marvel and ABC. This gives the remake of the Charles Bronson exploitation film a three-week total of $29.9 million as it takes a final bow before presumably exiting the top ten.

Perhaps the biggest story of the weekend was the disappointing performance of "A Wrinkle in Time", which fell two places to fourth in its second week, with a woeful $16.3 million - a 50 percent drop. Black Panther is also likely to soon pass Star Wars: The Last Jedi and cement itself within the top five unadjusted top domestic grosses of all time.

The biopic is about MercyMe lead singer Bart Millard who wrote one of the most popular songs in Christian music. 20th Century Fox's romantic comedy-drama film "Love, Simon" finished fifth with an estimated 11.5 million dollars in its debut weekend.

  • Jacqueline Ellis