Monday, April 22, 2024

Box Office Bonanza: “Black Panther” Will End Up Third or Fourth Biggest Movie of All Time


Now the story gets really interesting…

“Black Panther” is now the fifth biggest movie of all time on the domestic box office list. This week it passed “The Avengers” and “The Last Jedi,” with a total of $631 million.

But what happens next is even better. “Black Panther” should move into the number 4 spot next week, when it overcomes “Jurassic World.” There’s only a $20 million difference, and the kids from Wakanda have been making around $19 million a week even after six weeks of release.

To hit number 3, “BP” has to get to $660 million. That’s when it knocks out “Titanic.” Can it happen? Sure, why not? “Infinity War,” the new “Avengers” movie, may actually drive theater traffic back to “Panther.” That would be a month away.

If “Panther” hits number 3, that’s where it will stop. “Avatar” is pretty settled in at number 2 with $760 million. And “The Force Awakens” stands at number 1 with $932 million.

How times have changed: Steven Spielberg used to rule the top 10. Now his biggest movie, “E.T.,” is number 17. “Jurassic Park” is number 27. Of course, his grandchild, “Jurassic World,” is number 4.

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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