‘Red Sparrow’ Sees Red, ‘Death Wish’ DOA as ‘Black Panther’ Breaks $500 Million

Wakanda forever, new releases never! Ok, that’s too easy, but it’s exactly what happened at the box office this weekend. Here’s what went down:

Black Panther remained on top of the box office for the third weekend in a row, bringing in $65.7 million and raising its total to an incredible $501.1 million. It’s now the second biggest Marvel Studios film of all time (domestic), only behind the first Avengers film at $623 million. Can it surpass that lofty number? Don’t bet against T’Challa.

Debut in second place with $17 million is Red Sparrow. This just isn’t a strong number at all, though it is an improvement from mother!’s showing last year. The reviews for the Jennifer Lawrence vehicle haven’t been good, which probably hasn’t helped the film out at all. Other than the presence of J-Law (who has admitted she thinks audiences might need a break from her), there’s nobody to help bring in an audience, which could also have hurt Red Sparrow. Look for it to quickly disappear from theatres.

As for the rest of the top five, Death Wish was DOA at the box office, bringing in less than predicted with $13 million. This film was absolutely savaged by critics, and audiences stayed away from the old ultra-violence. Game Night fell to fourth place with $10.7 million, while Peter Rabbit closed things out in fifth with $10 million.

So, to recap, here were our predictions:

1) Black Panther – $70 million
2) Red Sparrow – $22 million
3) Death Wish – $18 million
4) Game Night – $11 million
5) Peter Rabbit – $7 million

And here’s how the weekend is estimated to turn out:

1) Black Panther – $65.7 million
2) Red Sparrow – $17 million
3) Death Wish – $13 million
4) Game Night – $10.7 million
5) Peter Rabbit – $10 million

Next Friday sees the release of The Strangers 2, A Wrinkle in Time, Gringo and The Hurricane Heist. Be sure to check back on Friday to see our predictions!

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