Disney-Marvel’s “Black Panther” is heading for as much as $75 million at 4,020 North American locations to dominate the box office again in its third weekend, the latest forecasts showed Tuesday. If the estimates hold, the third weekend of “Black Panther ” could be the second- or third-best of all time. That list is headed by “The Force Awakens” at $90.2 million, followed by “Avatar” at $68.5 million, and “The Avengers” at $55.6 million. A 50% decline from the $111.7 million would leave “Black Panther” at the same level as “The Avengers” six years ago.
“Black Panther” took in $8.1 million on Monday, lifting its domestic total to a sensational $411.7 million after only 11 days. It is already the 22nd-highest domestic grosser of all time, and it could become one of only 10 movies to cross the $500 million mark by the end of the upcoming weekend. Its international gross on Monday was $10.9 million, lifting that total to $316.2 million.
Two new R-rated thrillers are opening this weekend — Fox’s Jennifer Lawrence spy saga “Red Sparrow” and MGM’s re-imagined “Death Wish.” Recent tracking showed “Red Sparrow” with prospects in the $15 million-to-$19 million range and “Death Wish” with about $14 million to $16 million.