Well, it finally happened, but I wouldn’t say it was necessarily a storming victory for the new number one film at the American box office. Pacific Rim Uprising took the top spot from Black Panther with an opening weekend of $28m. Not spectacular, but good enough, especially given how the film isn’t really designed for domestic audiences. How the film does in China is the real question. Still, isn’t it pretty cool that the film to take over from Black Panther is another one with a black hero? If these two don’t put to rest that bullshit lie that ‘black actors don’t sell worldwide,’ then studios deserve to go bankrupt.
Meanwhile, Black Panther broke another record as it became the highest-grossing superhero film ever, at least domestically, and is now one of the top five domestic releases ever. $630m in America alone, and a global tally of $1.237bn. You know what? I think it may beat the new Avengers film in terms of sheer profit. It’ll still be a tight race, but never underestimate Black Panther. This is a film people go to see again and again.
The second highest grossing release of the weekend was… Ugh… Yeah… Sherlock Gnomes. Who asked for this?! I don’t even like typing it, it just makes me feel dirty. Anyhoo, it grossed $10.6m and came in at number 4. Isn’t it nice that Johnny Depp’s catching another break? He sure does deserve it, doesn’t he? What a scamp. Someone kill me already.
Paul, Apostle of Christ grossed $5m, putting it at number 8, but it couldn’t compete with the other Christian movie of the season, I Can Only Imagine, which hung in at the number 3 spot with $13.8m.
Midnight Sun, a movie that has nothing to do with Stephenie Meyer’s unfinished Twilight prequel, just made the top ten with $4m. You know, I’m still not sure who Bella Thorne is? I get that she’s famous and Who Weekly love to mock her, but her reason for being eludes me. She’s like the Gigi Hadid who acts. I don’t get it. And yeah, I’ve little to say about this film.
Right behind it is Steven Soderbergh’s Unsane, which grossed $3.8m from just over 2000 theatres. Not great but I’m surprised this film got such a wide audience. It seems deliberately niche in its approach.
Wes Anderson’s latest stop-motion animation Isle of Dogs debuted at number 15 with $1.5m. It averaged over $58k from just 27 theatres. Not a shock given the loyalty and fan adoration Anderson commands. They’re good dogs, Wes.
This coming week sees the release of a new God’s Not Dead movie, because some people weren’t feeling sheltered or falsely persecuted enough. There’s also a new Tyler Perry film, and… *sigh*… Ready Player One.
You can check out the rest of the weekend box office here.
What films did you watch this week? Are you glad you won’t need to put up with any more Wakanda puns from me? Can you think of a pun more laboured than Sherlock Gnomes? Is John Boyega in your Pajiba 10? How much money do you think Black Panther will make? Answers in the comments.