Marvel’s Black Panther is expected to remain at the top of the North American box office in its fifth outing, becoming the first movie to accomplish this feat since 2009’s Avatar.
The Ryan Coogler-directed Marvel feature is expected to end its fifth weekend with $27 million, beating out Warner Bros. and MGM’s Tomb Raider, which is looking at a $22 million debut after scoring $9 million on Friday. Tomb Raider was initially tracking for an opening weekend between $23 and $25 million, but it seems that the film won’t be a match for T’Challa’s first cinematic solo outing.
Black Panther has already grossed $585 million domestically after just 29 days. The film recently cracked the $1.1 billion mark at the worldwide box office, but it’s still going strong. It’s on pace to cross $600 million in North America this weekend and should pass the $1.153 billion final gross of Captain America: Civil War.
Now playing in theaters, Black Panther features a star-studded cast that includes Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira, Martin Freeman, Daniel Kaluuya, Angela Bassett, Letitia Wright, Winston Duke, Florence Kasumba, Sterling K. Brown, Andy Serkis and John Kani.
Meanwhile, Tomb Raider is directed by Roar Uthaug and stars Alicia Vikander, Walton Goggins, Hannah John-Kamen, Daniel Wu and Dominic West.
10 Marvel Villains Who Should Appear In The ‘Black Panther’ Sequel
Marvel’s Black Panther is still taking the box office by storm, but that isn’t stopping people from talking about what they want from the sequel. King T’Challa and the rest of Wakanda’s most interesting characters are set to appear in Avengers: Infinity War, but that movie will focus on Thanos and the Infinity Gems instead of seeing how Black Panther’s world has evolved. Not only does the Black Panther sequel have to follow up on multiple plot points hanging around on this movie, but it also needs to introduce new villains for T’Challa and his advisers to take on.
In order for him to continue growing and become more comfortable in his leadership position, T’Challa needs to be challenged in unique ways. Part of what made Killmonger such a unique villain is that he had a personal motivation that directly challenged T’Challa’s world view, and that idea can easily be replicated and expanded upon for the sequel. Black Panther has a very specific perspective on the world, and all of these villains will come in and force him to look at things in a different way as well as challenge him physically.
Hit Next to discover which Marvel villains should appear in the Black Panther sequel.