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'Black Panther' bags N. America's second-best sophomore weekend ever

Hollywood
AFP


Los Angeles: Marvel's 'Black Panther' sunk its claws into the top spot once again this weekend at the North American box office, taking a staggering $111.7 million, industry data showed Monday.

Following a record-shattering opening weekend -- raking in $242.2 million -- the frenzy to see the 18th entry in the Marvel Cinematic Universe continued, bringing total domestic earnings to an astronomical $403.6 million in just 10 days, according to tracker Exhibitor Relations.

Its global take is now more than $700 million, with the film yet to open in China or Japan, the two largest overseas markets.

It is only the fourth movie ever to make more than $100 million in its second weekend, joining the elite club behind 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' ($149.2 million), and ahead of 'Jurassic World' ($106.6 million) and Disney-owned Marvel's 'The Avengers' ($103.1 million).

Directed by Ryan Coogler, 'Black Panther' features an almost entirely black cast led by Chadwick Boseman as the first non-white superhero to get his own standalone movie in the franchise.

Starring alongside the likes of Michael B Jordan, Lupita Nyong'o and Daniel Kaluuya, Boseman plays the titular superhero also known as T'Challa, king and protector of Wakanda, a technologically advanced, affluent, never-colonised utopia in Africa.

In at an anything-but-close second was newly-released dark comedy 'Game Night,' with $17 million.

Featuring Jason Bateman and Rachel McAdams, the film follows a group of friends whose game night descends into a murder mystery.

Dropping one place into third was 'Peter Rabbit,' based on Beatrix Potter's classic children's book. Sony's family-friendly offering brought in $12.8 million in its third week in theatres.

Paramount's new science fantasy horror 'Annihilation' was off to a weak start, debuting in fourth place at only $11.1 million.

Starring Natalie Portman, the film -- based on the novel by Jeff VanderMeer -- tells the story of a team of military scientists who go into a quarantined alien crash zone known as 'The Shimmer.'

Finally, in at fifth was 'Fifty Shades Freed' -- the last film in the trilogy based on the wildly successful novels by EL James -- with takings of $7.1 million.

Rounding out the top 10 were:

'Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle' ($5.7 million)

'The 15:17 to Paris' ($3.6 million)

'The Greatest Showman' ($3.4 million)

'Every Day' ($3 million)

'Early Man' ($1.8 million)

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