Weekend Actuals: ‘Black Panther’ No. 1 for 4th Frame with $40.8M; ‘A Wrinkle in Time’ 2nd with $33.1M

'Strangers: Prey at Night' debuts to $10.4M

Monday Update:

Disney’s Black Panther spent its fourth weekend at #1 with $40.8 million, a very rare feat accomplished by only one other film in the past two years: Jumanji, which did so just last month.

In fact, it may even be possible given current projections that Panther could reach five weekends at #1 next frame, which would make it the first film to do so since 2009’s Avatar. (And the last film to do so before that was 1999’s The Sixth Sense.)

In the process, Panther reached $1 billion globally this weekend — an outcome few would have predicted far out from its release.

Disney’s family fantasy A Wrinkle in Time debuted in second place with $33.1 million, about in line with other similar films such as Tomorrowland and The Maze Runner.

Sony’s Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle just barely took 10th place, coming less than $20 thousand ahead of the 11th place film. In the process, Jumanji spent its 12th weekend at #1, becoming the first film to do so since 2016’s La La Land. It’s also only the fifth film in the last five years to achieve the feat, along with La La LandZootopia, Frozen, and Silver Linings Playbook.

Total box office this weekend was $138.7 million. That’s 6.7 percent behind last weekend, and 15.4 percent behind the same weekend last year when Kong: Skull Island led with $61.0 million.

Total year-to-date box office stands at $2.30 billion. That’s +8.2 percent above the same stat at this point last year, although that figure is down from the +12.0 percent where it stood after last frame.

Our full table of box office weekend actuals is below, after our Sunday updating featuring fuller analysis.


Sunday Update:

The MCU’s returning champ continues to roar.

Though it dropped to second place on Friday (the first time it’s fallen out of the top slot in its entire run), Disney-Marvel’s Black Panther bounced back to became the first movie since Star Wars: The Force Awakens to enjoy four consecutive weekends at No. 1, beating out newcomer A Wrinkle in Time (another Disney release) over the long haul.

Dropping a mere 38 percent with $41.1 million in its fourth weekend of play, the total for the superhero blockbuster now stands at a jaw-dropping $562 million in 22 days, surpassing both Rogue One: A Star Wars Story ($532.2 million) and The Dark Knight ($534.9 million) for seventh all-time domestically. At this pace, the film will easily outgross Marvel’s The Avengers – the top-grossing MCU release for over five years running with $623 million – by the time it leaves theaters.

In second place, Disney’s tyke-skewing adaptation of A Wrinkle in Time came in at the lower end of expectations with $33.3 million in its opening frame, about on par with the studio’s 2015 flop Tomorrowland (though that film had a reported price tag of $190 million, far higher than Wrinkle‘s). Reviews skewed negative for the Ava DuVernay-directed title, which likely put something of a damper on its business. The overall Cinemascore for the family fantasy was a “B,” though it fared better with the under-25 set, who gave it an “A-“.

Based on the classic novel by Madeleine L’Engle, Wrinkle was heavily hyped by Disney, but negative buzz likely hurt its chances of hitting the higher end of estimates. At a reported cost of $103 million, it will need to hold up exceptionally well in the coming weeks to top out north of $100 million Stateside. On the plus side, with Jumanji slowly fading and Peter Rabbit on the downside of its box office trajectory, family competition isn’t too stiff over the next couple of weeks, so it could benefit from the lack of similar product in the marketplace.

Horror sequel Strangers: Prey at Night opened in third with $10.4 million, which is about half of what the first film opened to way back in 2008. Released by upstart distributor Aviron (the company behind last year’s Halle Berry thriller Kidnap), the film received mixed-to-negative reviews and a low “C” Cinemascore. Its distance from the original film’s release may have put a damper on its prospects, but with a reported budget of just $5 million, it seems destined for profitability despite a steep commercial fall from its predecessor. Luckily there are no other horror films currently in wide release, giving it a wider berth with its intended demo.

Believe it or not, the weekend saw three other major wide-to-semi-wide releases. First up is Entertainment Studios’ The Hurricane Heist, which flew way under the radar with an estimated $3.1 million this weekend in ninth place. The reported $35 million action-heist film, which wasn’t screened in advance for critics, was always going to be a difficult sell in a weekend crowded with the likes of Black Panther and A Wrinkle in Time.

Debuting outside the Top 10 was Amazon and STX’s Gringo, which brought in an estimated $2.6 million in eleventh place despite boasting such above-the-title stars as David Oyelowo and Charlize Theron. The marijuana comedy simply wasn’t able to break through in a weekend crowded with heavily-hyped movies, and mixed-to-negative reviews and poor audience word-of-mouth certainly didn’t help matters. The film was fully financed by Amazon Studios, with STX serving as distributor.

Among holdovers, Fox’s Red Sparrow dipped 52 percent to $8.1 million in fourth place, giving it an underwhelming total of $31.1 million in ten days. The spy actioner needed to hold better than this after a mediocre $16.8 million debut last weekend, but it looks destined to fade quickly from theaters despite boasting megastar Jennifer Lawrence in the lead role. 

Fifth place went to Warner Bros.’ Game Night, which grossed $7.9 million in its third weekend of release, a drop of just 24 percent. Though it had a rather mild debut, the Rachel McAdams and Jason Bateman comedy has been holding spectacularly well in the weeks since, indicating strong word-of-mouth. Its grand total now stands at around $45 million.

Sony’s animated/live-action hybrid Peter Rabbit eased just 32 percent in its fifth weekend to $6.8 million, giving it a sturdy total of $93.4 million in sixth place. Seventh went to MGM’s Death Wish, which dipped 49 percent to an estimated $6.6 million in its sophomore frame and a $23.8 million total.

Paramount’s Annihilation finished in eighth with an estimated $3.1 million for a $26 million cume, while Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle grossed an estimated $2. 7 million in tenth place. That marks its 12th weekend in the Top 10, the first time a movie has done that since La La Land. The Sony release, which has never dropped more than 40% weekend-to-weekend, now stands at $397.2 million domestically.

Limited Release:

Focus Features debuted its morbid thriller Thoroughbreds this weekend in 549 locations and banked an estimated $1.2 million, good for a so-so per-theater average of $2,228. The film received strong reviews, but with its pitch-dark tone it proved a difficult sell to audiences, despite being marketed as the next Heathers.

IFC’s scathing political comedy The Death of Stalin was the big limited-release story this weekend, grossing an estimated $181,308 in just four theaters. That’s a per-theater average of $45,327, by far the best on the chart. The Armando Iannucci-directed film was almost universally praised, and the critical hype pushed it over the top in New York and Los Angeles. Look for this one to expand wider in the coming weeks.

Overseas Update: 

Disney-Marvel’s Black Panther hit the $1 billion mark globally this weekend after a solid debut in China, where it brought in an estimated $66. 5 million (the fourth-highest opening weekend for an MCU film in the country). Overall, it brought in another $100 million in international territories and has now grossed an estimated $1.078 billion worldwide. That makes it the fifth MCU title to cross a billion dollars globally after The AvengersIron Man 3Avengers: Age of Ultron, and Captain America: Civil War.


Weekend Actuals (Domestic)

FRI, MAR. 9 – SUN, MAR. 11

WIDE (1000+)

# TITLE WEEKEND LOCATIONS AVG. TOTAL WKS. DIST.
1 Black Panther $40,817,579 -38% 3,942 -142 $10,355 $561,697,180 4 Disney
2 A Wrinkle in Time $33,123,609 3,980 $8,323 $33,123,609 1 Walt Disney Pictures
3 The Strangers: Prey At Night $10,402,271 2,464 $4,222 $10,402,271 1 Aviron Pictures
4 Red Sparrow $8,502,263 -50% 3,064 8 $2,775 $31,471,006 2 20th Century Fox
5 Game Night $7,863,391 -24% 3,061 -441 $2,569 $45,004,023 3 Warner Bros.
6 Peter Rabbit $6,775,718 -32% 3,112 -495 $2,177 $93,433,524 5 Sony / Columbia
7 Death Wish $6,581,130 -49% 2,882 35 $2,284 $23,856,431 2 MGM
8 Annihilation $3,302,319 -41% 1,709 -403 $1,932 $26,246,833 3 Paramount Pictures
9 The Hurricane Heist $3,024,399 2,402 $1,259 $3,024,399 1 Entertainment Studios Motion Pictures
10 Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle $2,742,244 -38% 2,157 -156 $1,271 $397,250,264 12 Sony / Columbia
11 Gringo $2,722,420 2,404 $1,132 $2,722,420 1 STX Entertainment
12 The Shape of Water $2,347,664 59% 1,552 720 $1,513 $60,940,802 15 Fox Searchlight
13 Fifty Shades Freed $1,368,020 -60% 1,357 -1257 $1,008 $98,382,615 5 Universal

LIMITED (100 — 999)

# TITLE WEEKEND LOCATIONS AVG. TOTAL WKS. DIST.
1 The Greatest Showman $1,914,157 -29% 952 -455 $2,011 $167,614,558 12 Fox
2 Thoroughbreds $1,224,430 549 $2,230 $1,224,430 1 Focus Features
3 Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri $694,643 -46% 552 -218 $1,258 $53,339,205 22 Fox Searchlight
4 The Post $328,610 -69% 278 -393 $1,182 $81,159,866 12 20th Century Fox
5 Call Me by Your Name $293,406 -63% 309 -605 $950 $17,458,151 16 Sony Pictures Classics
6 A Fantastic Woman $271,632 117% 166 77 $1,636 $1,157,307 6 Sony Pictures Classics
7 Darkest Hour $265,545 -62% 245 -668 $1,084 $56,088,295 16 Focus Features
8 Star Wars: The Last Jedi $265,513 5% 246 25 $1,079 $619,483,244 13 Disney
9 The 15:17 to Paris $264,490 -81% 420 -1383 $630 $35,772,875 5 Warner Bros.
10 I, Tonya $263,031 -52% 243 -268 $1,082 $29,509,373 14 Neon
11 Coco $258,951 -19% 194 -41 $1,335 $208,845,284 16 Disney
12 Phantom Thread $235,490 -69% 184 -531 $1,280 $20,713,025 11 Focus Features
13 Ferdinand $192,103 -9% 201 -3 $956 $83,362,967 13 Fox
14 Maze Runner: The Death Cure $181,633 -61% 214 -329 $849 $57,448,833 7 Fox
15 Lady Bird $173,634 -69% 156 -554 $1,113 $48,701,471 19 A24
16 Winchester $167,629 -68% 261 -315 $642 $24,871,652 6 Lionsgate / CBS Films
17 Paddington 2 $162,792 -23% 281 -12 $579 $40,335,451 9 Warner Bros.
18 Early Man $105,059 -78% 186 -711 $565 $8,030,418 4 Lionsgate
19 Den of Thieves $74,715 -67% 104 -165 $718 $44,863,974 8 STX Entertainment
20 12 Strong $63,761 -61% 111 -146 $574 $45,304,911 8 Warner Bros.
21 Wonder (2017) $54,854 -41% 138 -12 $397 $132,221,523 17 Lionsgate

PLATFORM (1 — 99)

# TITLE WEEKEND LOCATIONS AVG. TOTAL WKS. DIST.
1 The Death of Stalin $184,805 4 $46,201 $184,805 1 IFC Films
2 Operation Red Sea $165,018 -51% 42 -13 $3,929 $1,279,397 3 Well Go USA Entertainment
3 The Leisure Seeker $113,708 28 $4,061 $113,708 1 Sony Pictures Classics
4 The Party $100,345 -21% 84 -2 $1,195 $485,143 4 Roadside Attractions
5 Samson $71,316 -77% 93 -341 $767 $4,627,245 4 Pure Flix
6 2018 Oscar Nominated Short Films $64,060 -85% 56 -215 $1,144 $3,465,810 5 Magnolia Pictures
7 Hostiles $61,642 -61% 90 -161 $685 $29,614,666 12 Entertainment Studios Motion Pictures
8 Loveless $53,612 -13% 37 12 $1,449 $302,886 4 Sony Pictures Classics
9 Detective Chinatown 2 $49,783 -66% 20 -45 $2,489 $1,908,114 4 Warner Bros.
10 Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story $46,379 35% 21 2 $2,209 $414,050 16 Zeitgeist
11 La Boda de Valentina $44,048 -57% 45 -50 $979 $2,761,091 5 Lionsgate / Pantelion
12 Thor: Ragnarok $41,864 -65% 70 -40 $598 $315,034,967 19 Disney
13 The Commuter $40,551 -46% 71 -41 $571 $36,317,285 9 Lionsgate
14 Forever My Girl $38,447 -58% 64 -81 $601 $16,251,220 8 Roadside Attractions/LD Entertainment
15 Oh Lucy! $32,873 126% 16 13 $2,055 $53,170 2 Film Movement
16 All the Money in the World $31,431 117% 49 31 $641 $25,076,259 11 Sony / TriStar
17 Justice League $30,018 -41% 62 -39 $484 $229,007,315 17 Warner Bros.
18 Foxtrot $27,420 -13% 6 2 $4,570 $110,232 2 Sony Pictures Classics
19 Leaning Into The Wind $24,840 5 $4,968 $24,840 1 Magnolia Pictures
20 Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool $21,061 -30% 41 -12 $514 $810,406 11 Sony Pictures Classics
21 The Insult $19,787 -62% 17 -34 $1,164 $904,521 9 Cohen Media Group
22 Agent Mr Chan $15,854 -60% 4 -5 $3,964 $175,790 3 China Lion Film
23 Girls vs Gangsters $15,044 4 $3,761 $15,044 1 Well Go USA Entertainment
24 The Young Karl Marx $11,512 -28% 13 0 $886 $79,407 3 The Orchard
25 Claire’s Camera $11,489 1 $11,489 $11,489 1 Cinema Guild
26 1945 $11,385 -34% 6 -2 $1,898 $408,482 19 Menemsha Films
27 Faces Places $10,914 -45% 13 -10 $840 $922,576 23 Cohen Media Group
28 The Florida Project $7,899 -23% 12 2 $658 $5,888,308 23 A24
29 Mary and The Witch’s Flower $7,432 -31% 11 0 $676 $2,358,803 8 GKIDS
30 Before We Vanish $6,934 42 $165 $45,190 6 Super LTD
31 In The Fade $6,546 -15% 14 0 $468 $300,212 11 Magnolia Pictures
32 Happy End $4,530 63% 14 1 $324 $293,163 12 Sony Pictures Classics
33 Tehran Taboo $3,715 99% 5 3 $743 $37,637 4 Kino Lorber
34 In Between $3,372 -33% 8 2 $422 $84,901 10 Film Movement
35 Western $3,167 22% 7 4 $452 $28,824 4 Cinema Guild
36 Mind Game $2,895 -60% 3 0 $965 $21,054 4 GKIDS
37 Double Lover $2,875 -19% 3 0 $958 $160,307 4 Cohen Media Group
38 Jane $2,705 -23% 3 0 $902 $1,718,203 21 Abramorama
39 Have A Nice Day $2,470 0% 3 -4 $823 $74,747 7 Strand Releasing
40 BPM (Beats Per Minute) $2,279 44% 2 1 $1,140 $121,355 21 The Orchard
41 The Square $1,740 -76% 3 -7 $580 $1,495,866 20 Magnolia Pictures
42 Our Blood is Wine $1,540 2 $770 $1,540 1 Music Box Films
43 Tom of Finland $1,335 -39% 2 -1 $668 $375,308 22 Kino Lorber
44 Beuys $1,244 729% 1 0 $1,244 $53,676 8 Kino Lorber
45 Souvenir $1,047 -54% 1 0 $1,047 $5,177 2 Strand Releasing
46 Ichi The Killer: Definitive Remastered Edition $999 -76% 3 0 $333 $17,645 18 Well Go USA Entertainment
47 November $946 3 $315 $8,620 3 Oscilloscope Laboratories
48 Detective K: Secret of the Living Dead $752 -93% 1 -5 $752 $103,523 4 Well Go USA Entertainment
49 The Sacrifice (2017 re-release) $341 -93% 1 0 $341 $58,589 21 Kino Lorber
50 Bob Le Flambeur $338 -61% 1 0 $338 $13,254 10 Rialto Pictures
51 The Divine Order $223 156% 1 0 $223 $73,250 20 Kino Lorber / Zeitgeist Films
52 Vazante $179 1 $179 $19,056 9 Music Box Films

Studio Weekend Estimates (Domestic)

FRI, MAR. 9 – SUN, MAR. 11

WIDE (1000+)

# TITLE WEEKEND LOCATIONS AVG. TOTAL WKS. DIST.
1 Black Panther $41,136,000 -38% 3,942 -142 $10,435 $562,015,601 4 Disney
2 A Wrinkle in Time $33,316,000 3,980 $8,371 $33,316,000 1 Walt Disney Pictures
3 The Strangers: Prey At Night $10,480,000 2,464 $4,253 $10,480,000 1 Aviron Pictures
4 Red Sparrow $8,150,000 -52% 3,064 8 $2,660 $31,118,743 2 20th Century Fox
5 Game Night $7,905,000 -24% 3,061 -441 $2,582 $45,045,632 3 Warner Bros.
6 Peter Rabbit $6,800,000 -32% 3,112 -495 $2,185 $93,457,806 5 Sony / Columbia
7 Death Wish $6,600,000 -49% 2,882 35 $2,290 $23,875,301 2 MGM
8 Annihilation $3,150,000 -44% 1,709 -403 $1,843 $26,094,514 3 Paramount Pictures
9 The Hurricane Heist $3,150,000 2,402 $1,311 $3,150,000 1 Entertainment Studios Motion Pictures
10 Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle $2,755,000 -38% 2,157 -156 $1,277 $397,263,020 12 Sony / Columbia
11 Gringo $2,630,000 2,404 $1,094 $2,630,000 1 STX Entertainment
12 The Shape of Water $2,407,000 63% 1,552 720 $1,551 $61,000,138 15 Fox Searchlight
13 Fifty Shades Freed $1,350,000 -60% 1,357 -1257 $995 $98,364,595 5 Universal

LIMITED (100 — 999)

# TITLE WEEKEND LOCATIONS AVG. TOTAL WKS. DIST.
1 The Greatest Showman $1,775,000 -34% 952 -455 $1,864 $167,475,401 12 Fox
2 Thoroughbreds $1,223,000 549 $2,228 $1,223,000 1 Focus Features
3 Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri $705,000 -45% 552 -218 $1,277 $53,349,562 22 Fox Searchlight
4 The Post $315,000 -70% 278 -393 $1,133 $81,146,256 12 20th Century Fox
5 Call Me by Your Name $304,228 -61% 309 -605 $985 $17,468,973 16 Sony Pictures Classics
6 A Fantastic Woman $287,277 130% 166 77 $1,731 $1,172,952 6 Sony Pictures Classics
7 Darkest Hour $280,000 -60% 245 -668 $1,143 $56,102,750 16 Focus Features
8 I, Tonya $263,471 -52% 243 -268 $1,084 $29,509,813 14 Neon
9 Coco $250,000 -22% 194 -41 $1,289 $208,836,333 16 Disney
10 Star Wars: The Last Jedi $246,000 -3% 246 25 $1,000 $619,463,731 13 Disney
11 Phantom Thread $245,000 -67% 184 -531 $1,332 $20,722,535 11 Focus Features
12 Lady Bird $200,035 -65% 156 -554 $1,282 $48,727,872 19 A24
13 Maze Runner: The Death Cure $173,000 -63% 214 -329 $808 $57,440,200 7 Fox
14 Winchester $170,000 -67% 261 -315 $651 $24,874,023 6 Lionsgate / CBS Films
15 Early Man $100,000 -79% 186 -711 $538 $8,025,359 4 Lionsgate
16 Den of Thieves $70,000 -69% 104 -165 $673 $44,859,259 8 STX Entertainment
17 Wonder (2017) $68,000 -27% 138 -12 $493 $132,234,669 17 Lionsgate

PLATFORM (1 — 99)

# TITLE WEEKEND LOCATIONS AVG. TOTAL WKS. DIST.
1 The Death of Stalin $181,308 4 $45,327 $181,308 1 IFC Films
2 The Leisure Seeker $119,573 28 $4,270 $119,573 1 Sony Pictures Classics
3 Samson $57,000 -82% 93 -341 $613 $4,612,929 4 Pure Flix
4 Hostiles $55,000 -65% 90 -161 $611 $29,608,024 12 Entertainment Studios Motion Pictures
5 Loveless $54,132 -12% 37 12 $1,463 $303,406 4 Sony Pictures Classics
6 Thor: Ragnarok $41,000 -65% 70 -40 $586 $315,034,103 19 Disney
7 The Commuter $41,000 -46% 71 -41 $577 $36,317,734 9 Lionsgate
8 La Boda de Valentina $41,000 -60% 45 -50 $911 $2,758,043 5 Lionsgate / Pantelion
9 Foxtrot $29,757 -6% 6 2 $4,960 $112,569 2 Sony Pictures Classics
10 Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool $21,976 -27% 41 -12 $536 $811,321 11 Sony Pictures Classics
11 The Insult $19,762 -62% 16 -35 $1,235 $904,496 9 Cohen Media Group
12 Itzhak $14,442 2 $7,221 $14,442 1 Greenwich Entertainment
13 Claire’s Camera $11,843 1 $11,843 $11,843 1 Cinema Guild
14 The Young Karl Marx $11,829 -26% 13 0 $910 $79,724 3 The Orchard
15 Faces Places $10,267 -48% 12 -11 $856 $921,929 23 Cohen Media Group
16 Double Lover $3,327 -6% 3 0 $1,109 $160,759 4 Cohen Media Group
17 BPM (Beats Per Minute) $1,537 -3% 1 0 $1,537 $120,613 21 The Orchard
Chris Eggertsen

6 Comments

  1. Avatar
    Fred March 11, 2018

    Actually “Spider-Man: Homecoming” also spent 12 weeks in the top 10 last year if i’m not mistaken.

    Reply
    • Avatar
      George March 12, 2018

      Nope. 11.

      Reply
      • Avatar
        Fred March 13, 2018

        Your right, it was 11 weeks. Close but no cigar lol.

        Reply
  2. Avatar
    a March 12, 2018

    SM:H spent 11 weeks in the Top 10.

    Reply
  3. Avatar
    Peter March 13, 2018

    “Jumanji spent its 12th weekend at #1”

    Um, what? No it didn’t.

    Reply
    • Avatar
      Jacen March 13, 2018

      Yeah, that whole Jumanji update makes no sense no matter how you look at it. Did the writer port it over from another post?

      Reply

Leave reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *