'Black Panther' Rules Box Office for 5th Straight Weekend

'Black Panther' Rules Box Office for 5th Straight Weekend

Black Panther is now in theaters.

And Marvel's latest success story has hit another milestone, becoming only the seventh film ever to gross more than $600 million at the domestic box office.

Lionsgate-Roadside Attractions' faith-based drama I Can Only Imagine outperformed forecasts with $17.1 million at 1,629 venues, notching the top per-screen average in the top 10 with $10,476.

This weekend's other new wide release, Love, Simon, took in $11.5 million after receiving positive reviews from critics and another A+ CinemaScore.

The picture exceeded all expectations, posting the best opening for a Christian film since Fox's "Son of God" and Sony's "Heaven Is for Real" each topped $20 million in 2014. Note: the numbers below will be updated as they become final.

The Chadwick Boseman-starring superhero flick once again topped the weekend box office with $27 million, beating out Alicia Vikander's Tomb Raider reboot, which took second place with a $23.5 million debut.

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According to Deadline, Black Panther is looking at delivering a profit in the region of $460 million to Marvel Studios, which puts it ahead of Avengers: Age of Ultron ($382.3 million) and Captain America: Civil War ($193.4 million), both of which have heavy participation and back-end deals for its cast. The 2001 original opened $47.7 million and grossed $274.7 million worldwide, but the big-budget 2003 sequel flopped, opening with $21.8 million domestically and grossing $156.5 million worldwide. The thought of Black Panther winning a sixth weekend isn't that insane with Uprising projecting so low.

Made for a modest US$7 million, the movie stars J. Michael Finley as the lead singer of a popular Christian band.

The weekend's overall box office took in about $130 million, down 50% from the same weekend past year when Disney's Beauty and the Beast opened with $174.5 million. "Love, Simon" was directed by Greg Berlanti, the film stars Nick Robinson, Jennifer Garner, and Josh Duhamel.

Fox Searchlight's Oscar victor The Shape of Water also launched in China this weekend with $10.4 million following its best-picture win.

Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at USA and Canadian theatres, according to comScore.

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