Wednesday, April 24, 2024

UPDATED “Black Panther” Holds Off “Tomb Raider,” “Wrinkle,” First Film Since “Avatar” to Score 5th Week to at Number 1


SUNDAY MORNING: “Black Panther” is number 1 for the weekend with $27 million. “Tomb Raider” came in at $23 million at number 2. “Tomb Raider” cost $100 million, so unless by a miracle it takes off internationally, it’s going to be a big disappointment. “Wrinkle in Time”  has faded fast. 


SATURDAY MORNING: All hail “Black Panther”!

T’Challa and friends are scoring their fifth week at number at the box office. “Black Panther” is the first film in 8 years —  since “Avatar” — to hold the top spot that long.

This means that both “Tomb Raider” and “A Wrinkle in Time” are finishing well below “BP” this weekend. The “Panther” will cross the $600 mi domestic line this weekend, soaring to $606 million.

“Tomb Raider” by the way took $9.1 million on Friday and actually beat “Panther”‘s $7.5 million– but not really. That $9.1 million included the Thursday previews of $2.1 million. So “Tomb Raider” really made $7 million on Friday.

I don’t know why Thursday previews are still counted as part of Friday opening nights. It’s completely ridiculous. If we really did it that way, “Black Panther” made over $1q million on ‘Friday’ including its Thursday $3.6 million!

Hollywood, makes no sense!

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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