Black Panther Sets Another MCU Record In Its Second Weekend

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According to comScore, the film collected $108 million at the domestic box office this weekend, bringing its North American total to $400 million. Black Panther has yet to even arrive in two of Hollywood's biggest markets, China and Japan, and theaters are reporting that they're seeing more repeat viewings than usual. It also delivered the second largest second weekend of all-time only behind 2015's Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

Black Panther is close to becoming the third highest grossing solo superhero movie.

Black Panther has been getting rave reviews worldwide since before its February 16, 2018 release date and has a 97 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes. It's also the second most lucrative second weekend of any movie ever (again, "Force Awakens", which earned $149 million its second weekend, is first).

This week will also see Black Panther move to at least the #3 best MCU movie as it will easily pass Captain America: Civil War ($408m) and Iron Man 3 ($409m); The Avengers: Age Of Ultron stands at $459m, with The Avengers at $623m.

For now, "Black Panther" is one of the top 10 highest-grossing superhero films, but many analysts don't see any reason why this box-office bullet train will slow down, so the sky's the limit for King T'Challa.

The film stars Chadwick Boseman as T'Challa / Black Panther, alongside Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong'o, Danai Gurira, Martin Freeman, Daniel Kaluuya, Letitia Wright, Winston Duke, Angela Bassett, Forest Whitaker, and Andy Serkis. It follows a group of friends whose game night turns into a murder mystery.

And fourth was the new sci-fi thriller, Annihilation, starring Natalie Portman, with $11 million.

"Peter Rabbit" lands in third place with $12.5 million. The movie, facing a strained marketplace for comedies, opened to a solid $17 million from 3,488 locations, earning the No. 2 spot for the weekend.

Finally, in at fifth was "Fifty Shades Freed" - the last film in the trilogy based on the wildly successful novels by EL James - with takings of US$6.9 million.

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