Black Panther Gets Spotlight At Academy Awards 2018 Opening Monologue

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Black Panther's impressive ticket sales are not only due to the domestic box office, but the worldwide audience has been similarly responsive to T'Challa's first solo outing. The latest Marvel film has grossed $501.1 million in North America in 17 days, enough to become the 10th highest grossing film in USA history, so far.

"Black Panther" was number one at the nation's box office for the third straight week, and Sunday crossed the half billion dollar sales mark in the North American market.

Black Panther anyway catches up to The Last Jedi's $619 million domestic total, it has already transcended The Dark Knight Rises ($448m in 2012) and Avengers: Age of Ultron ($459m in 2015) to fit the third-biggest grossing comic book superhero movie in North America.

Jennifer Lawrence's "Red Sparrow" thriller and Bruce Willis' "Death Wish" remake hit theaters nationwide this weekend. This week, the film will become the 33rd movie of all-time to make $1 billion worldwide, with a release in China still to come next weekend. When two foes conspire to destroy Wakanda, the hero known as Black Panther must team up with C.I.A. agent Everett K. Ross and members of the Dora Milaje, Wakandan special forces, to prevent Wakanda from being dragged into a world war.

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Black Panther added $65.7 million this weekend, down just 41%, giving it $501.1 million after three weekends.

While Black Panther fell outside of time frame for this Academy Awards, it is speculated that the film will definitely shine in next year's Oscars.

The movie, costing a reported $30 million to produce after tax rebates and incentives, marks the first release from MGM since the indie studio re-entered the domestic distribution business. The film cost roughly $69 million (including Lawrence's estimated $15-20 million salary) to make and now has a 51 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes. The movie is just shy of passing 2017's Beauty and the Beast ($504 million). Guillermo del Toro's frontrunner The Shape of Water, for example, was up 19 percent from last weekend, grossing an estimated $1.4 million from 832 theaters for a domestic total of $57.4 million. There was talk it would be held again after the recent Parkland school shooting, but with things as they are, will there ever be a good time to release a film like this? "Lady Bird" (A24) followed with $48.3 million. Jumanji has now grossed US$393.2 million in 75 days.

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