Saturday, 20 October, 2018

Second weekend for 'Black Panther' is one of the best ever

Free tickets to Free tickets to"Black Panther were given to students on Feb. 22 2018 in Grand Rapids Mich
Nina Mathis | 01 March, 2018, 14:07

It took "Avengers" two weeks to reach the $400 million mark.

"This movie has very strong word of mouth and a deeply loyal core fan base, which are both necessary criteria for repeat business", said Greg Foster, entertainment chief of IMAX which is playing Black Panther in more than 60 countries. It's also grossed $304 million (Sh30 billion) internationally. China opens the film on March 9. "It still humbles me to think that people care enough to spend their money and time watching our film", Coogler wrote on social media after the movie's record-breaking opening weekend. Black Panther was also able to beat Jurassic World's $106.5 million, although it lost out to Star Wars: The Force Awakens' $149.2 million. "The Force Awakens" ($8 days), got there faster.

With an estimated $108 million earned from 4,020 venues, the domestic haul for Black Panther rose to a regal $400 million after only ten days of release. Neither will come close to challenging Black Panther. It became the largest opening for an African-American director by sizable margin.

According to tracking service PostTrak, the audience make-up this weekend was 37 percent white, 33 percent black, 18 percent Hispanic, and 7 percent Asian.




It boasts a 95% black cast that in addition to the aforementioned names includes Angela Bassett, Daniel Kaluuya, Letitia Wright, Florence Kasumba, Atandwa Kani, Forest Whitaker and Connie Chiume. ("The Avengers" occupies the top spot, with $623 million). Directed by John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein, the film stars Jason Bateman, Rachel McAdams, and Kyle Chandler.

The critically acclaimed sci-fi feature from Alex Garland ("Ex Machina") "Annihilation" opened to $11 million. This makes it the first comic book movie of its kind.

Not only to they have to count the rapidly rising stacks of cash from the box office, but they also have to count the ways the new superhero smash is approaching several box office records.

- "Every Day", the only other somewhat major new release, debuts at #9 with an estimated $3.1 million from just under 1700 screens. Orion insiders say that's a win, considering the film cost under $5 million to produce. Angourie Rice stars in the love story about a 16-year-old girl who falls for a body-hopping spirit named A. Michael Sucsy (Grey Gardens, The Vow) directed. The pic received a B+ CinemaScore. Updated with revised grosses.

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