Box-Office Weekend: Black Panther Crosses $600 Million

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This weekend "Black Panther" brought in another $27 million in ticket sales, nabbing the top spot on the box office charts once again. The worldwide gross of the film has passed $70 million.

The teen romantic dramedy Love, Simon debuted with $11.5 million this weekend and very positive reviews to suggest that it's staying-power could lead to a long run at the box office.

Greg Berlanti's film, adapted from the best-selling young-adult novel "Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda", stars Nick Robinson as a gay 17-year-old who has yet to come out when another closeted boy from his high school begins an anonymous e-mail romance. In the last two decades, only 1999's The Sixth Sense and 2009's Avatar have ruled the box office for five straight weeks, putting Black Panther in great cinematic company. "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" tops the list at $936 million followed by "Avatar" at $760 million.

The Alice Vikander version of the video game heroin takes $23.5 million on its opening weekend. In the fifth outing, Black Panther of Ryan Coogler is expected to fetch around $25 million or even more.

Black Panther continues reign over North American box office

"Black Panther" will face competition next weekend from Universal-Legendary's launch of "Pacific Rim: Uprising" and Paramount's animated comedy "Sherlock Gnomes".

According to comScore, the weekend was down 50 percent from the same weekend in 2017 when Disney's "Beauty and the Beast" opened with a record-breaking $174.8 million. The family-friendly Peter Rabbit added $5.2 million over the weekend to brings its six-week total to $102.4 million.

Aviron's second weekend of horror sequel "Strangers: Prey at Night" finished eighth with $4.8 million at 2,464 venues. Red Sparrow continues to do middling business with $4.5 million over the weekend, to raise its, we assume, disappointing three-week total to $39.6 million.

Focus Features' opening weekend of the thriller "7 Days in Entebbe" came in 13th with a modest $1.6 million at 838 locations.

Sohi to make announcement Friday on World Cup soccer bid
The United Bid announced its list of 23 Candidate Host Cities that are included in the Bid Book yesterday afternoon. The stadium hosted the opening game and four other matches during the 1994 World Cup in the United States.

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