Box Office: ‘Black Panther’ Passing $1.33 Billion, ‘Ready Player One’ Falls Hard In Third Weekend

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Walt Disney’s Black Panther earned another $1.447 million (-39%) on its ninth Friday, giving it a new total of $699.9 million domestically. So it’ll pass $670m domestic by the end of this tax weekend, with a likely $5.4m (-38%) weekend giving the MCU flick a $673m domestic cume after two months in theaters. It still looks like this one will end its run with $685-$690m. We’ll find out tomorrow if  overseas it makes it past the $1.33 billion global gross of Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Walt Disney will have the year’s biggest hit (thus far) and arguably the year’s biggest flop (thus far) in A Wrinkle in Time ($117m worldwide on a $103m budget). But that’s a conversation for another day.

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In the holdover news for Friday, Blockers fell somewhat harshly on its second Friday, ironically taking a hit from Universal/Comcast Corp’s’s own Truth or Dare among the teen girl/young women demographic. The terrific Kay Cannon-directed comedy earned $3.241 million (-58%) on Friday, setting the stage for a $10m (-51%) second weekend and $36.7m ten-day total. That’s not bad for a $20m comedy, but I was hoping the movie would be leggier. Blame Truth or Dare and blame Paramount/Viacom Inc.’s A Quiet Place is winning.

In related news, Warner Bros./Time Warner Inc.’s Ready Player One took a hit thanks to Warner Bros./Time Warner Inc.’s Rampage. To be fair, this cannibalization was created only after Walt Disney moved Avengers: Infinity War up a week, sending Rampage from April 20 to this weekend. But the damage was done, as Rampage is merely opening “okay” and Ready Player One earned just $2.93 million (-57%) on its second Friday. That positions the Steven Spielberg flick for a $10.3m (-58%) third weekend, bringing the $175m-budgeted film (which has crossed $400m worldwide) to around $114m in 17 days.

Written By: Tommy Lightfoot Garrett
Photographs are Courtesy:  Walt Disney/Marvel
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