The Marvel film remained number one at the box office for the fifth straight week. The film stars Nick Robinson in what would be a classic love story - except that it is the first romantic comedy from a mainstream studio to be told from a gay teen's perspective.
Continuing to make history five weeks after its debut is Marvel's "Black Panther", bringing in an estimated $27 million and holding on tight to the top spot. Avatar - which also just so happened to be the highest-grossing movie of all time.
While most films see a significant drop off after they're released, Black Panther has beaten the odds and continues to draw in support from fans, who've seen the film multiple times. Second place on the box office charts was the MGM-Warner Bros.' rebooted "Tomb Raider", starring Alicia Vikander. I expect the film to have some success and remain in the top five for at least a couple weeks.
"I Can Only Imagine" doubled expectations by sticking to the typical tactic of "faith-based" releases with a grassroots marketing effort that focused on Southern, Southwestern and suburban moviegoers.
According to comScore, the weekend was down 50 percent from the same weekend in 2017 when Disney's "Beauty and the Beast" opened with a record-breaking $174.8 million.
That's a mere $14 million (£9.9 million) away from The Last Jedi ($619.7 million / £441 million) and $18 million (£12.8 million) behind Marvel's biggest-grossing film to date, The Avengers ($623.3 million / £444 million).
Aviron's second weekend of horror sequel "Strangers: Prey at Night" finished eighth with $4.8 million at 2,464 venues. Here in the USA, the film has raked in over $600 million, making it the seventh highest-grossing film in American history.
Game Night ($5.6 million), Red Sparrow ($4.5 million) and Death Wish ($3.4 million) round out the top ten. This brought its cumulative domestic total over $600 million, making it the first film since Avatar (2009) to do so.