Black Panther keeps defying expectations and collecting records, at the same time turning increasingly into a unique cultural phenomenon. On its second frame the Disney/Marvel fantasy earned $111.7 million, scoring the second weekend second biggest gross and the second weekend fastest grosser of all times, just behind The Force Awakens. After ten days of release, Panther has earned $403.6 million domestic. With a 46% drop from its debut weekend, is holding better than other record breakers such as Iron Man, Thor and The Avengers. It has also single handedly turned around the domestic box office. It was running slightly behind 2017 two weeks ago, it is now 12.5 % over.
Outside of the United States, Chadwick Boseman as King T'Challa alongside Lupita Nyong'o, Michael B. Jordan, Daniel Kaluuya, Angela Bassett, Forest Whitaker and Andy Serkis have grossed $304 million so far, with a number one position in most markets including Germany, where on its debut week, Panther was beaten by Fifty Shades Freed. The top 5 plays are the UK with $42 million, followed by Korea with $36 million and Brazil, Mexico and Australia at around $18 million each. Russia opened only in IMAX theaters, but it was good enough for $2.6 million. Panther is making significant amounts of money in South Africa and record business in West Africa. By the end of next week, its global gross should stand at $900 million. With Japan and China still to open, it may turn into the “biggest solo superhero origin story/non-sequel” ever.
Elsewhere, the black comedy Game Night, starring Jason Bateman and Rachel McAdams, had a $17 million debut, whereas its international markets delivered $5.2 million. Number 3 in the domestic market was Peter Rabbit, which added $12.5 million, followed by the sci-fi pic Annihilation which opened at a modest $11 million. Rounding up the domestic top 5 was Fifty Shades Freed, whose global box office stands now at $320 million.
Back overseas, all eyes are once again on China. The Lunar New Year holiday is over, but as the Year of the Dog is now officially underway Chinese audiences seem not to have lost their appetite for movie theaters. The weeklong holiday generated a record $901 million in ticket sales. This weekend alone. Operation Red Sea earned an extra $107 million and is now at $335 million. Right behind was Detective Chinatown 2, which added $ 80 million and has collected so far, an exceptional gross of $417 million. Monster Hunt 2 stands at $323 million.
Things were also good for some Golden Globe winners competing for the Oscars next Sunday. Guillermo del Toro’s fairy tale The Shape of Water added $11.6M out of 52 markets, which translates into a worldwide gross of $110 million. Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri is slightly ahead, at $121 million.
Next week Black Panther will most likely keep dominating the charts, and the conversation. But pretty soon the Wakanda wonder will be facing stiff competition, going against some strong new releases such as Red Sparrow, A Wrinkle in Time, Tomb Raider and Ready Player One.