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Weekend Box Office: Wakanda Rules, 'Red Sparrow' Fails To Take Flight

Weekend Box Office: Wakanda Rules, 'Red Sparrow' Fails To Take Flight

Disney's latest Marvel blockbuster is on track to collect an estimated $65.7 million from 4,084 theaters in the US and Canada this weekend, clobbering newcomers Red Sparrow and Death Wish while scoring the third best third weekend of all time (behind Star Wars: the Force Awakens and Avatar).

Wakanda's reign over America shows no signs of waning.

Black Panther has now pulled in $501.1 million in the United States and Canada over its first 17 days, and it has been No. 1 at the box office every weekend since its release. The actress, well-known for her past activism for black women in film and her vocalness on topics like cultural appropriation, revealed that she recently backed out of Black Panther's casting process for a slightly different but very similar reason.

From Fox and Chernin Entertainment, Red Sparrow beat Death Wish with an estimated $17 million from 3,056 theaters to place 2nd. With how it's holding, Black Panther should become just the seventh film in history to break $600 million at the USA box office.

Jennifer Lawrence in a scene from 'Red Sparrow'.

In third is MGM's "Death Wish", Eli Roth's remake of the 1974 revenge thriller with Bruce Willis playing the lead made famous by Charles Bronson.

"Both newcomers performed to expectations but had to compete in a marketplace totally dominated by Black Panther", Dergarabedian said. Elsewhere in the top five, comedy Game Night came in fourth with $10.7 million and family film Peter Rabbit earned $10 million.

That's a lot of big numbers and some epic box office history for you. Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri reached $52 million domestically through Sunday, and The Shape of Water passed $57 million.

The movie starring Chadwick Boseman and Michael B. Jordan broke multiple box office records too, stealing the record for the largest opening for an African-American director. The Marvel sensation will smash the $400M global and $900M worldwide marks on Monday.

Next weekend, another Disney film, A Wrinkle in Time, directed by Ava DuVernay will arrive in theaters nationwide.

Final figures will be released Monday.

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