Black Panther Wins Again, but a Christian Film Surprises

Superhero flick is No. 1 for fifth straight week, but 'I Can Only Imagine' defied expectations
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Mar 18, 2018 11:15 AM CDT
This file image released by Disney and Marvel Studios' shows Chadwick Boseman in a scene from "Black Panther."   (Marvel Studios/Disney via AP, File)
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(Newser) Black Panther has become the first film since 2000's Avatar to top the weekend box office five straight weekends. According to studio estimates Sunday, Black Panther grossed $27 million in ticket sales over the weekend, pushing its domestic haul to $605.4 million, per the AP. Worldwide, Black Panther has grossed more than $1.1 billion. The rebooted Tomb Raider, starring Alicia Vikander, opened with $23.5 million. That was a modest start for the $90 million film, but Tomb Raider is expected to be the top ticket-seller in China over the weekend. The Christian drama I Can Only Imagine blew away expectations to open with $17.1 million. It's about the singer who wrote one of the most popular songs in Christian music. The gay teen romance Love, Simon debuted with $11.5 million. (Read more box office stories.)

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