"Black Panther", starring Chadwick Boseman as the titular king of the African utopia Wakanda, is the first movie since "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" to top the domestic box offices for four consecutive weekends.
Tim Grierson of Screen International said: "Director Ava DuVernay emphasises an emotional clarity and narrative simplicity that allows the book's sci-fi examination of friendship, family and forgiveness to resonate with nearly mythic force". Directed by Johannes Roberts, the horror sequel to 2008's "The Strangers" stars Christina Hendricks, Martin Henderson, Bailee Madison and Lewis Pullman. Despite the drop, he Jennifer Lawrence film raised its worldwide total to $82.9 million. With $26.2 million banked overseas, the movie has a worldwide gross of $120 million. In its second week of release, the Bruce Willis-led Death Wish added $6.6 million despite falling to the sixth spot from the third. Finally, the box-office stalwart of the past twelve weeks, Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle finished in the tenth spot to bring its cumulative total to a whopping $397.3 million. Shockingly, the action movie had the second-best CinemaScore this weekend with a pretty bad "B-". Barry Jenkins, another African-American filmmaker, took home Best Picture in 2017 for Moonlight, which was made on just $1.5 million but has taken $27 million internationally.
Wisely, Focus Features opened Cory Finley's comedic thriller Thoroughbreds more moderately into 549 theaters, where it averaged around $2.2k per venue to open in 15th place with $1.2 million.
The other half of the weekend's new releases didn't fare so well.
Check back later today for an updated report based on actual numbers, and then check back Thursday where Disney will be getting some competition from the new Tomb Raider movie.