Published: Thu, March 01, 2018
Hi-Tech | By Wayne Curry

'Black Panther' tops North American box office for 2nd weekend

'Black Panther' tops North American box office for 2nd weekend

Black Panther has become the fourth movie to ever surpass the $100 million threshold during the second week of running in theaters.

Its performance overseas brought the global total to $426.8 million, prompting analysts to conclude it had put to bed for good an old Hollywood adage that "black" movies never make the grade outside of North America.

The Ryan Coogler-directed movie remained number one in the U.S. for the second straight weekend, during which it earned over $108 million in North American cinemas. It broke yet another record when it grossed yet another $40M on Monday domestically. It is expected to cross $400 million in the USA by Monday.

Last week, Disney Executive Vice President for Theatrical Distribution Dave Hollis acknowledged to Moviefone that the one demographic area where the PG-13-rated "Black Panther" could have done better was among younger viewers.

Audiences have given the movie high marks. The movie, which earned strong reviews but a poor C CinemaScore from audiences, made headlines late past year when Paramount and Skydance, partners on the film, sold off worldwide rights to Netflix.

Black Panther continues the story of T'Challa after the events of Captain America: Civil War.

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"He's always held a special place in the hearts of fans because of his status as, pretty much, the greatest black superhero ever", said David Betancourt of The Washington Post.

Marvel Studios' Black Panther rules at the box office, adding yet another feather to Marvel's glorious hat.

Park revealed via Twitter on Sunday the detailed design of an alternate concept of King T'Chaka, "the former Black Panther", complete with a cape. "The question is, what else is there?" But until Black Panther and Wonder Woman neither had properly taken centre stage and directed the narrative.

The principal cast features mainly non-white actors, including Oprah Winfrey, Mindy Kaling, Storm Reid, Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Michael Pena.

In terms of total gross, Black Panther has now entered into the top five all-time earners for the MCU.

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