AceShowbiz - "Black Panther" continued its box office domination in North America this weekend. Disney and Marvel's superhero film starring %cChadwick Boseman% in the titular role remained strong at No. 1 and has scored one of the best second weekends of all time with an estimated $108 million in ticket sales.
According to studio estimates, the Ryan Coogler-directed Marvel hit is on track to rank among the highest-grossing blockbusters in history, becoming the fourth film to earn more than $100 million in its second weekend along with "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" ($149.2 million), "Jurassic World" ($106.6 million) and "The Avengers" ($103.1 million).
In two weeks, "Black Panther" has grossed $400 million domestically and $704 million worldwide. Also starring %cMichael B. Jordan% as Erik Killmonger, the movie has become the fifth highest grossing title domestically in the MCU and will shortly pass both "Captain America: Civil War" ($408M) and "Iron Man 3" ($409M).
"The movie continues to play ahead of our modeling," says Disney's film distribution head Dave Hollis. "It has become a cultural phenomenon," Hollis continues, adding, "This is a movie audiences were hoping for, and that delivered beyond expectations."
Among newcomers this weekend were New Line's R-rated comedy "Game Night" and Alex Garland's sci-fi thriller "Annihilation". The %cJason Bateman% and %cRachel McAdams%-starring movie debuted at No.2 with approximately $16.6 million, while the %cNatalie Portman%-led film opened to an estimated $11 million at No. 4.
Last week's runner up, Sony's live-action "Peter Rabbit", dropped to No. 3 in its third weekend, earning an additional $12.5 million. Rounding out the top five was Universal's "Fifty Shades Freed", the third and final installment of the trilogy based on E.L. James' books and starring %cJamie Dornan% and %cDakota Johnson%, which bagged an estimated $6.9 million.
Top Ten Movies at Weekend Box Office for February 23-25: