Black Panther held on to first place at the domestic box office for another weekend, setting a new first for the Marvel Cinematic Universe in the process.
The Ryan Coogler-directed film earned an estimated $41.1 million, which is now the third-largest fourth weekend of all time domestically. Black Panther also opened in China this weekend, earning $66.5 million. With those hauls, the film has now crossed the $1 billion and stands as the 21st highest-grossing film of all time, but that’s not even the most impressive part.
No other film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe has remained in first place for four weekends in a row, which is quite impressive when you consider that Disney gave itself some steep competition with the release of A Wrinkle in Time this weekend.
Ava DuVernay’s adaptation of Madeleine L’Engle’s classic novel of the same name debuted in second place, earning an estimated $33.3 million. While that haul comes slightly under Disney’s expectations, the film’s release is still significant in that this is now the first time in box office history in which two blockbuster films with budgets in excess of $100 million by black directors have held onto first and second place.
In addition to A Wrinkle in Time, the other major debut this weekend was the horror sequel The Strangers: Prey at Night, which placed third with an estimated $10.5 million.
Here are the top 10 films at the North American box office this weekend, according to Box Office Mojo:
1. Black Panther $41.1 million
2. A Wrinkle in Time $33.3 million
3. The Strangers: Prey at Night $10.5 million
4. Red Sparrow $8.2 million
5. Game Night $7.9 million
6. Peter Rabbit $6.8 million
7. Death Wish $6.6 million
8. The Hurricane Heist $3.2 million
9. Annihilation $3.2 million
10. Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle $2.8 million