'Black Panther' tops the North American box office for 5th weekend

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Black Panther, starring Chadwick Boseman as the superhero king of a utopian African country, has nearly singlehandedly kept the year's box office total slightly above the same period last year. However, when an old enemy reappears on the radar, T'Challa's mettle as King and Black Panther is tested when he is drawn into a conflict that puts the entire fate of Wakanda and the world at risk. The film is expected to reach $605 million domestic by the end of the weekend. Why, that would be Warner Bros./MGM's "Tomb Raider", opening to $23.5 million from 3,854 screens. The superhero smash has made more than $27 million this weekend, according to studio estimates. Black Panther's worldwide total now sits at $1.1 billion.

Tomb Raider features the Oscar-wining Vikander as Lara Croft, who is inspired to go on a unsafe quest across the world while trying to solve the mystery of her father's disappearance. An LGBTQ coming-of-age tale, the movie was popular among audiences and critics, earning an A plus on CinemaScore and a 91 percent "fresh" rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

"International was always a key part of the strategy", Goldstein said.

Elsewhere at the box office, the other big headline centered around I Can Only Imagine, a faith-based film from Roadside Attractions and Lionsgate, which did a surprising $17.1 million from 1,628 theaters.

It's been five weeks since Black Panther's box-office premiere, and the film still holds its place at the top of local charts.

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Black Panther's weekend haul of $27M was enough to garner it a rare fifth consecutive week at the number one spot.

Yet last week, Black Panther even bested Disney's own A Wrinkle in Time, Ava DuVernay's adaptation of Madeleine L'Engle's 1962 novel of the same name. The film, which co-stars Dennis Quaid and Cloris Leachman, cost only $7 million to make.

Directed by Andrew Erwin and Jon Erwin, the film stars J. Michael Finley as Bart Millard who is the lead singer of the Christian band MercyMe.

And wrapping up the this weekend's top 5 box office films is "Love, Simon" which met industry expectations with $11.5 million. Whereas, I Can Only Imagine catered to the suburbs, "Love, Simon" thrived mainly in urban areas.