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
Black Panther Just Tied a 17-Year Movie Milestone
This file image released by Disney and Marvel Studios' shows Chadwick Boseman in a scene from "Black Panther."   (Marvel Studios/Disney via AP, File)

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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