'Black Panther' Five-Peats at Box Office, Crossing $600 Million Domestic

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Marvel's Black Panther isn't showing any interest in giving up that top spot title anytime soon as it closes out its fifth consecutive week as the No. 1 film in the domestic market.

The African superhero movie collected $27 million this weekend in North American theaters, researcher ComScore Inc. estimated Sunday in an email.

But here is what may be most impressive right now about Black Panther: It just topped the weekend box office for the 5th straight week.

A fifth weekend of "Black Panther" domination was bad news for "Tomb Raider", with the Alicia Vikander-starring reboot of the video game-inspired franchise bringing in a relatively paltry $23.5 million in its opening weekend.

Of course, the continuing success of "Black Panther" also didn't help "Tomb Raider". In recent days, the film has risen to No. 16 in all-time sales, passing "The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King" and "Transformers: Dark of the Moon".

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"Black Panther" is projected to earn $461 million in profit after its theatrical run and all ancillaries are through. In the USA, it is only days away from overtaking fellow Marvel film The Avengers ($623 million) to become the top-grossing superhero film of all time in North America, unadjusted for inflation. It stars J. Michael Finley as the singer behind one of the most popular Christian songs, by the band MercyMe.

Urban audiences are thought to not be moviegoers. "Starting with the beginning of October, we were screening the film for faith-based influencers", said Roadside co-founder Howard Cohen. "But a lot of movies do it and it doesn't work as well". Love, Simon cost $17 million to produce.

Greg Berlanti's film, adapted from the best-selling young-adult novel "Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda", stars Nick Robinson as a gay 17-year-old who has yet to come out when another closeted boy from his high school begins an anonymous e-mail romance.

"I feel good that we released this film".

After underwhelming the box office last weekend in its debut, Disney's pricey A Wrinkle In Time took a free-fall on 3,980 screens in its sophomore session. Final three-day domestic figures will be released Monday.

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