Weekend box office: 'Black Panther' conquers the global box office

    (Left to right) Lupita Nyong'o, Chadwick Boseman and Danai Gurira star in Marvel Studio's "BLACK PANTHER." (Walt Disney Pictures)

    Weekend box office: Feb. 16-18, 2018

    SALT LAKE CITY (KUTV) - The whole tale of “Black Panther’s” opening weekend won’t completely be told until after Monday’s numbers are officially tallied, but I think it is safe to say that the film had a tremendous weekend that surpassed even the most optimistic expectations that Disney, Marvel or even fans had for the movie’s debut. Right now, we are looking at a three-day total of $192 million and four-day weekend total expected to be in the area of $218 million. And that’s just the domestic side of the equation. Factor in the international numbers and the Sunday total worldwide sits at $361 million. “Black Panther” has a chance of hitting $400 million worldwide by the end of Monday.

    What we can say for certain is that “Black Panther” is the highest-grossing President’s Day weekend release ever. “Deadpool,” the previous record holder, brought in $151 million from its holiday weekend release. For more perspective, “Captain America: Civil War” opened to $179 million in May 2016.

    With the upcoming “Avengers: Infinity War” release, we’ve been promised a shuffling of the deck of heroes. Well, they’ve already found their king. Wakanda forever.

    Peter Rabbit” finds itself in a healthy second place this weekend as it somehow managed to squeeze past “Fifty Shades Freed” with $17.2 million through Sunday and is expected to add another $5 million on Monday. That will push the family film’s domestic total to $53 million.

    Fifty Shades Freed” will add nearly $17 million over the three-day weekend and will finish Monday with an additional $2 million for a total of $78 million. That’s $10 million behind where “Fifty Shades Darker” was after its second weekend and $50 million behind the first film’s 10-day total. That said, there should be no sense of panic for Universal Pictures as the movie had already grossed $250 million worldwide going into Saturday. With a production budget of $55 million, even the most aggressive promotional campaign would have been paid off eons (relatively speaking) ago.

    JAMIE DORNAN and DAKOTA JOHNSON return as Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele in "Fifty Shades Freed," the climactic chapter based on the worldwide bestselling “Fifty Shades” phenomenon. (Universal Pictures)

    Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” is expected to finish in fourth place and will finish Monday with an additional $10 million. That will put the film just below $380 million in America alone. The worldwide total is already north of $900 million.

    Karen Gillan, Jack Black, Kevin Hart and Dwayne Johnson star in "JUMANJI: WELCOME TO THE JUNGLE." (Sony)

    The 15:17 to Paris” added $7.6 million for the three-day weekend. That pushes the Clint Eastwood film’s total to $25.4 million against a $300 million production budget. Reaction from critics and moviegoers alike has been tepid at best.

    The Greatest Showman” added just over $5 million this weekend. Add in $1 million on Monday and the domestic total for the musical starring Hugh Jackman as P. T. Barnum will have earned $155 million in the U.S.

    Early Man,” Aardman Animations’ newest stop-motion film, managed only $3.1 million. It will finish Monday under $5 million.

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