Weekend Box Office: ‘Black Panther’ Wins 5th Weekend, ‘Tomb Raider’ Underwhelms

Box Office March 16-18

Disney-Marvel’s Black Panther was number one at the domestic box office for the fifth weekend in a row with $27 million, while Warner Bros. and MGM’s Tomb Raider opened in second place with a less than stellar $23.5 million (at 3,854 theaters).

Directed by Norwegian filmmaker Roar Uthaug, the new video game adaptation starring Alicia Vikander as Lara Croft scored a so-so B grade from moviegoers in CinemaScore exit polls.

Lionsgate-Roadside Attractions’ Christian drama I Can Only Imagine placed third with $17.1 million, beating Disney’s high-profile fantasy A Wrinkle in Time in its second weekend. Made for just $7 million, the film outperformed forecasts and also received an A+ CinemaScore. A family film about the Christian band MercyMe and their tune “I Can Only Imagine” stars Dennis Quaid, Cloris Leachman, Trace Adkins, J. Michael Finley, Priscilla Shirer, and Madeline Carroll.

Fox’s gay teen comedy-drama Love, Simon opened at #5 with a meager $11.5 million. Greg Berlanti’s YA novel adaptation starring Nick Robinson, Josh Duhamel and Jennifer Garner received an A+ CinemaScore.

Take a look at the March 16-18 estimates below.

1. Black Panther — $27 million ($605 million)
2. Tomb Raider — $23.5 million
3. I Can Only Imagine — $17 million
4. A Wrinkle in Time — $16.6 million ($61 million)
5. Love, Simon — $11.5 million
6. Game Night — $5.6 million ($54.1 million)
7. Peter Rabbit — $5.2 million (102.4 million)
8. The Strangers: Prey at Night — $4.8 million (18.6 million)
9. Red Sparrow — $4.5 million (39.6 million)
10. Death Wish — $3.4 million (29.9 million)

Next week, Black Panther is fighting an uphill battle against Universal’s Pacific Rim: Uprising and Paramount’s Sherlock Gnomes.