‘Black Panther’ pounces past ‘Titanic’ box office record

Chadwick Boseman poses at the premiere of 'Black Panther' in Los Angeles January 29, 2018. — Reuters pic
Chadwick Boseman poses at the premiere of 'Black Panther' in Los Angeles January 29, 2018. — Reuters pic

LOS ANGELES, April 10 — Black Panther broke more records over the weekend in North America, exceeding revenues from the 1997 blockbuster Titanic, while horror thriller A Quiet Place, with barely three minutes of dialogue, made a resounding US$50.2 million debut.

A Quiet Place is built around a simple but chilling premise: flesh-eating creatures have invaded Earth, but they are blind and can track their prey only by sound.

So actor/director John Krasinski, his wife (in the film and in real life) Emily Blunt and their children must adapt—through sign language and ingenious adaptations — or die.

The film has drawn rave reviews, with a 97 per cent Rotten Tomatoes rating.

Steven Spielberg’s Ready Player One — a futuristic tribute to 1980s films — came in second at US$24.6 million from Friday to Sunday, according to box office tracker Exhibitor Relations.

The Warner Bros. film tells the story of a teenage gamer (Wade Watts) who finds himself inside an addictive virtual reality world. It’s earned US$96.5 million in two weeks.

In third was another new release, Universal’s Blockers, at US$20.6 million. A raunchy comedy starring John Cena and Leslie Mann, the movie drew considerable buzz at the South by Southwest film festival.

Still flourishing in its eighth week out, Black Panther netted US$8.7 million for fourth spot.

Already the highest-grossing superhero film in US history, its cumulative total in the US and Canada now exceeds US$665.6 million. The film stars Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan and Lupita Nyong’o.

That number takes the film past Titanic, which had collected US$659 million in North America. “Black Panther” is now third in movie ticket sales of all time on the continent.

Avatar (2009) and Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015) are still ahead, with US$760 million and US$936.7 million in ticket sales respectively.

In terms of global sales, Avatar leads with US$2.8 billion, followed by Titanic (US$2.2 billion), both directed by James Cameron. Black Panther is only 10th worldwide.

In North America, the weekend’s fifth spot went to psychological thriller Tyler Perry’s Acrimony with US$8.4 million.

Rounding out the top 10 were:

I Can Only Imagine (US$7.8 million)

Chappaquiddick (US$5.8 million)

Sherlock Gnomes (US$5.4 million)

Pacific Rim: Uprising (US$4.8 million)

Isle of Dogs (US$4.6 million) — AFP-Relaxnews

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