Another week, another box office rant, another win for Marvel’s “Black Panther.” Becoming the first film since James Cameron’s “Avatar” to end up on top of the weekend charts of the box office for the fifth straight week. With a weekend gross of $27 million, “Black Panther” continues to push its grosses to astronomical places as it’s domestic gross has pushed past $600 million and its worldwide gross currently resides at $577 million which makes a total net gross of $1.182 billion. The film that was highly anticipated but not seen as an equal box office juggernaut to some of Marvel’s previous lucrative properties has come to show that the Wakandian King is nothing short of dominant when it comes to box office power.
Many other movies made their box office debut this weekend though, as “Tomb Raider,” “Love, Simon,” and “I Can Only Imagine” arrived at their respective box offices with somewhat success. “Tomb Raider” did not have the most successful opening with a $94 million budget and a weekend that brought them about 23% of that budget which is not anyone's goal at the box office. “I Can Only Imagine” on the other hand, had a surprisingly successful weekend with a more than $10 million gross over its a budget with a net total of $17 million on a $7 million budget. “Love, Simon” however, got close to meeting its budget but fell short with an $11 million weekend gross on a $17 million budget. It seems that the power of video games and cultural change were not enough to out power another movie about God.
“Black Panther” ended up crushing all of those movies once again though, but will we see a sixth-weekend win for the Wakandian kingdom? I for one, think that the Wakandan’s reign has reached its end. With “Pacific Rim: Uprising” hitting theatres this weekend, along with films like “Sherlock Gnomes” and “Isle of Dogs” it seems that "Black Panther" has reached its proverbial end as king. These films may not be the juggernaut that “Black Panther” is, but they may be enough to take back the annual weekend throne from the protector of Wakanda. With an estimated budget of $150 million, a successful weekend is a must for a project that seems to be two years too late to capitalize upon its predecessor's endeavor in "Pacific Rim: Uprising." “Isle of Dogs” doesn’t seem to be a box office juggernaut in the making, but with an estimated small budget and Wes Anderson’s brilliance behind it “Isle of Dogs” is not meant to make all the money but enough to be successful.
The next few weekends of Box Office Rants may not be the most exciting over as we await the arrival of the anticipated behemoth known as “Avengers: Infinity War.” Until then, we’ll have to see what films can land a few wins at the box office as the Wakandian king seems to be losing his proverbial grip on the box office after an unprecedented run. It may be coming to an end this weekend, but let’s not all be shocked when we see the name of this masterful film again at the end of the year as one of the top ten highest grossing movies of 2018. It’s already made its voice heard, what other accolades can it accomplish before its all said and done?