No real surprises here. Black Panther shattered more records by becoming one of the only films to ever score more than $100M in its second weekend, while newcomers Annihilation, Game Night and Every Day opened mostly as expected.
Black Panther repeated in first with $108M in its sophomore frame, lifting the domestic total to an eye-popping $400M, and don’t be surprised if that total goes up once the actuals come in. At this point, topping The Avengers and The Last Jedi is a guarantee. There’s a real chance that 2018 sees its highest grossing film less than two months in.
In second place, Warner Brothers comedy Game Night saw a solid $16.6M that was generally in line with expectations. This is a fine opening for a film that cost $37M to produce, and strong reviews plus word of mouth should help it aim for a long run. A domestic total of around $55M seems likely.
In fourth, Paramount’s sci-fi thriller Annihilation was on the low end of predictions with $11M. The unusual distribution, however, makes this hard to pin down; Netflix paid for distribution rights outside of the domestic market and China, and reportedly the amount they spent was roughly equivalent to the films $55M budget. Between that, and the $15M Paramount received in tax credits (bringing the budget to $40M) this one should end up turning a minor profit, and serves as an interesting stepping stone in the changing market of film distribution. The C Cinemascore does not necessarily bode well for long term prospects, and ultimately this will likely wind up with around $30M.
Sony’s Peter Rabbit was down to $12.5M in its third weekend with a new total of $71M. Without any family competition until A Wrinkle in Time on March 9th, there’s a good shot this becomes the second film of 2018 to cross the century mark.
Fifty Shades Darker bled out 60% to $6.9M, with $89.5M after three weeks. Assuming nothing terribly drastic happens, there’s a surprisingly strong chance that Darker becomes the least front loaded in the series and manages to top $100M.
Orion Pictures first wide release following a relaunch was the teen drama Every Day, which opened in 9th place with a weak $3.1M from 1,667 theaters. With a budget of just $4.9M, its hard to call this a poor debut, but don’t expect this to top $10M total.
Among other holdovers, Jumanji and The Greatest Showman continued to impress, with the former out of the top 5 for the first time in ten weekends. Showman topped $160M domestically while Jumanji surpassed $900M worldwide.
Lionsgate’s Early Man didn’t save face in its second outing, down a harsh 47% to just $1.7M in its second weekend. With a number of nationwide releases in the coming weeks, don’t expect this to do much more than $10M by the end of its run.
Next weekend will see the launch of Fox’s new spy thriller Red Sparrow, as well as MGM’s action remake Death Wish.