Oscar weekend is usually considered a slower box office weekend for wide releases, but that hasn’t stopped “Black Panther” from posting an estimated $65.7 million on its third weekend. That’s ranks third among all third frames in box office history, and if tomorrow’s actual totals end up beating this estimate, “Black Panther” will take the No. 2 spot on that list from “Avatar,” which made $68.4 weekend back in 2010.
Even if it doesn’t, “Black Panther” has easily shattered the record for the biggest domestic gross on an Oscar weekend, showing once again how the 52-week release calendar is breaking conventional thought on box office performance. According to data from comScore, the previous Oscar weekend record was $40 million in 2010, held by Disney’s “Alice In Wonderland” remake.
“Black Panther” has now crossed the half-billion mark in North America, ranking in the top ten highest grossing domestic releases ever. Either today or tomorrow, it will pass the $504 million made by last year’s “Beauty and the Beast” remake for the No. 9 spot, and “The Dark Knight” will soon be next with $534 million.
Globally, “Black Panther” has made $56.2 million this weekend for a worldwide haul of $121 million and a global running total of $897.7 million. This week, the film will become the 33rd movie of all-time to make $1 billion worldwide, with a release in China still to come next weekend.
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Source: The Wrap