Black Panther defeats Lara Croft at the box office

In the first week of release, Lara Croft could not overthrow the King of Wakanda at the box office.

According to ComScore, “Black Panther”- the 18th film of MCU continues to be No. 1 at the North American box office last weekend with $ 27 million and is the fifth week in a row. The most recent film achieving the same success is “Avatar” (2009) of James Cameron.

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Plus $ 30 million from the international market, the total sales up to the present time of “Black Panther” and climbed to # 16 on the list of the highest-grossing movies of all time. It surpassed "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King” and “Transformers: Dark of the Moon”. In the United States alone, Black Panther's sales were $ 605.4 million and it’s the seventh film surpassed this milestone in the domestic market.

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Meanwhile, “Tomb Raider” with the participation of Oscar winner Alicia Vikander and Hong Kong actor Daniel Wu brought only $ 23.5 million in the first week of release. Even though it was based on a successful online game of the same name and inherited the reputation of the previous two films (played by Angelina Jolie), Tomb Raider's performance was less than expected. On the prestigious Rotten Tomatoes critique, Warner Bros.'s $ 90 million blockbuster received only 49% of its 185 reviews.

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“A Wrinkle in Time” is Disney's first failure this year.

Ranking No. 3 this week is “I Can Only Imagine”. This is a very special film because it was inspired by “I Can Only Imagine” (2001) - the most successful Catholic song of all time by the MercyMe group with over 2.5 million copies sold. The responses from the audience and the critics for “I Can Only Imagine” are contradictory to each other. While Rotten Tomatoes and Metacritic scored relatively well, the CinemaScore, based on the opinion of the audience, was rated A +.

Disney's "A Wrinkle in Time" ranked at No. 4 with $ 16.5 million, down 50% from the previous week. Compared to $ 100 million, the two-week total of just $ 55 million was a dismal failure. It seems like A-list stars such as Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon and Chris Pine still can’t save “A Wrinkle in Time” with a faded script and away from the original novel.

Top 10 box office movies in the US last week:

1. “Black Panther” - $ 27 million

2. “Tomb Raider” - $ 23.5 million

3. “I Can Only Imagine” - $ 17.1 million

4. “A Wrinkle in Time” - $ 16.6 million

5. “Love, Simon” - $ 11.5 million

6. “Game Night” - $ 5.6 million

7. “Peter Rabbit” - $ 5.2 million

8. “Strangers: Prey at Night” - $ 4.8 million

9. “Red Sparrow” - $ 4.5 million

10. “Death Wish” - $ 3.8 million

By: Stephan Swift

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