Box Office: March 16 – 18, 2018

YOUR BOX OFFICE NUMBERS (from Box Office Mojo)

  1. Black Panther
  2. Tomb Raider
  3. I Can Only Imagine
  4. A Wrinkle in Time
  5. Love, Simon

Black Panther has now crossed the $600M domestic mark and, perhaps more importantly, become the first film to reign #1 for five weeks since 2009’s Avatar. God, remember Avatar? We were so much younger then. Other holdovers also crossed important milestones: Peter Rabbit (#7) passed $100M in its sixth weekend, and Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (#12) passed $400M in its 13th.

More recently releases were less lucky. A Wrinkle in Time, last week’s high opener, fell an even 50% from second to fourth, and Strangers: Prey at Night fell from third to eighth. Worse, The Hurricane Heist fell from ninth to 15th, and has now grossed back 1/7th its production budget.

Entertainment Studios Motion Pictures – the production company behind The Hurricane Heist – has only been releasing feature films for nine months. They’re also behind Ted Kennedy biopic Chappaquiddick, due out in April, and sci-fi flick Replicas, a summer release that already looks to be the stuff of legend. From what I’ve been able to gather, only their first film – 47 Meters Down – has definitely made them money.

Hurricane Heist didn’t have the worst luck of last week’s new releases, though; that was Gringo. It dropped 77% and made only $630,000.

On the other hand, new releases were strong. The surprise third-place winner was Christian film I Can Only Imagine, which made more per theater than any other film in wide release. (I know nothing about this movie, and the review in the old country doesn’t exactly make it sound like I need to know more.) The Tomb Raider reboot landed in second with $23M.