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'Black Panther' reigns as box office king again, for the fifth week straight

'Black Panther' reigns as box office king again, for the fifth week straight
From Mashable - March 18, 2018

Five weekends, five first-place finishes.

That's been the story so far for Black Panther at the box office. As its fifth weekend in theaters draws to a close, a domestic box office estimate of $27 million is more than enough to hang on in the number one spot. The last movie to last five consecutive weeks at #1 was Avatar, in 2009.

Part of the success is owed to the general lack of competition Black Panther has faced in the weeks after its Feb. 16 release. The star-studded cast and crew behind A Wrinkle in Time, which opened last weekend, was the first credible threat to the Marvel movie's box office dominance, but it hung on.

Then there was Tomb Raider, the heavily marketed video game adaptation that opened on Friday. Although the movie is above-average in the context of other video game moviesthanks in large part to star Alicia Vikanderits $23.5 million opening weekend estimate is not nearly enough.

Black Panther's domestic box office total after five weeks is $605.4 million. It's the top-earning movie of 2018 so far by a wide marginPeter Rabbit sits at #2, with $102.4 millionand it's still got at least one more major record to break in the coming weeks.

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