The comic-book adaptation "Black Panther" is No. 1 at the North American box office for a fifth weekend, earning an additional $27 million in receipts, BoxOfficeMojo.com said Sunday. "Black Panther" is now one of just four films in the last 20 years to top the box office for five weeks straight.
"A Wrinkle in Time" was shunted out of the top three by new Warner Bros. release "Tomb Raider", with Swedish actress Alicia Vikander reprising the role of fearless adventurer Lara Croft, made famous in the early 2000s by Angelina Jolie. It's also the second-fastest film to earn $600 million domestically at 31 days, behind Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which crossed that marker just 12 days after its release.
Domestically, "Black Panther" is poised to soon pass 2012's "The Avengers" ($623.4 million) as the biggest movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. So far the film has brought in $605.4 million, while worldwide "Black Panther" has grossed more than $1.1 billion.
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Lionsgate-Roadside Attractions' faith-based drama "I Can Only Imagine" outperformed forecasts with $17.1 million at 1,629 venues, notching the top per-screen average in the top 10 with $10,476.
In second place with an estimated $23.5 million weekend was the new reboot of "Tomb Raider".
The teen romantic dramedy Love, Simon debuted with $11.5 million this weekend and very positive reviews to suggest that it's staying-power could lead to a long run at the box office.
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Black Panther shows no signs of slowing down a month after its release. The family-friendly Peter Rabbit added $5.2 million over the weekend to brings its six-week total to $102.4 million.
"Black Panther" will face competition next weekend from Universal-Legendary's launch of "Pacific Rim: Uprising" and Paramount's animated comedy "Sherlock Gnomes". Fox's third weekend of "Red Sparrow" followed in ninth with $4.5 million at 2,583 venues, pushing the Jennifer Lawrence thriller past $39 million.
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