"Black Panther" tops box office for fifth weekend

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And wrapping up the this weekend's top 5 box office films is "Love, Simon" which met industry expectations with $11.5 million.

A group of women pose for a photo in front of a poster advertising the film "Black Panther" on its opening night of screenings at the AMC Magic Johnson Harlem 9 cinemas in Manhattan, New York, February 15, 2018.

"Black Panther" is the year's biggest release by a long shot, having grossed $605 million domestically and $1.18 million worldwide.

For Black Panther, that means the historic movie has now taken in more than $600 million at the domestic box office!

That left second place to the MGM-Warner Bros.′ rebooted "Tomb Raider", starring Alicia Vikander as the archaeologist adventurer Lara Croft.

Jeff Goldstein, distribution chief for Warner Bros., said "Tomb Raider" came close to studio expectations in North America but that global ticket sales were a primary focus. And its figure is still above both the original long-range and the week-of forecasts (but not the February update on its tracking), per Box Office Pro. The film had a surprise opening of $17 million and is quite impressive considering the film was only playing in a little over 1600 theaters.

"Black Panther" has shown considerably fewer legs in China, however. And last year's The Shack opened very close with an adjusted figure of $16.8 million. The studio plans to expand "I Can Only Imagine", based on the story behind the hit song of the same name, to more than 2,000 sites next weekend. That's just short of forecasts in the $13-14 million range, but it's also already earned two-thirds the domestic gross of Call Me By Your Name. The film received an A+ CinemaScore. "Simon", starring Nick Robinson as a conflicted high schooler, notched an A+ CinemaScore with the audience, giving Fox execs hope for strong word of mouth and extended playability. The thinking there is that any still-closeted youths would have wanted to avoid assumed speculation and scrutiny. The film is produced by Kevin Feige, who recently announced the second part of the film, which is indeed a great news for all the movie buffs. Final North American numbers are due Monday afternoon.

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