Box Office: Weekend gross dips under $11m but Black Panther still strong

The numbers have slipped a little each weekend without the arrival of another public favourite.

Mediaweek editor James Manning looks at the weekend box office for March 8-11, 2018.

After the opening weekend of Black Panther pushed box office takings to $18.73m four weekends ago, the numbers have slipped a little each weekend without the arrival of another public favourite.

The March 8-11 four-day weekend was down 15% weekend-on-weekend to $10.73m, which was the smallest gross for any weekend this year.

#1 Black Panther $3.20m

After a very impressive opening a month ago the Marvel ground-breaker continues to top the chart and has now taken over $32m in those four weeks. The release shed 64 screens this week to 454, which gave it a screen average of $7,055, still the best in the top 20.

In the US, Black Panther has become the second-biggest comic book superhero movie of all time, trailing only The Avengers. Globally the movie is heading close to $1.5b in total, pushing it close to the top 20 movies of all time.

#2 Red Sparrow $1.99m

The Jennifer Lawrence and Joel Edgerton spy thriller remains in second place on its second weekend and was the only other movie to crack $1m. Takings were down 28% from its opening weekend. The gross to-date is just under $6m with the film holding on just under 300 screens with a screen average of $6,746.

#3 Game Night $946,000

Without anything new to push it out of the top five, Game Night hangs around in the top three for a third week. On close to 250 screens for a second successive week, screen average was down to $3,847, representing a weekend drop of 26%.

#4 12 Strong $917,000

The only new release in the top five was the American war drama that features the prolific Chris Hemsworth. The film opened on 254 screens with a screen average of $3,611. That is quite the contrast to his previous release, Thor: Ragnarok, which opened last October with $10.13m and a screen average close to $13,000. That film went to make close to $40m here.

#5 Finding Your Feet $604,000

The third weekend of another “feel-good film of the year” was down 20% from its previous weekend with a total to-date of $3.51m.

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