‘Tomb Raider’ Gets Buried by the Power of ‘Black Panther’

If anybody was wondering if there was still life in the Tomb Raider film franchise, this weekend answered that question with a resounding “nope”.

Black Panther remained on top of the box office for the fifth weekend in a row, the first film to do that since Avatar back in 2009. Black Panther brought in an estimated $27 million, raising its total to $605 million in North America, one of only seven films to cross that threshold.

Debuting in second place with a less than thrilling $23.5 million was the rebooted Tomb Raider. With a budget of $90 million, poor reviews and a star (Alicia Vikandar) who can’t open a film, this was definitely a let down for everyone involved.

As for the rest of the top five, religious film I Can Only Imagine had a surprise third place debut with $17 million. A Wrinkle in Time dropped to fourth place with $16.5 million as it continues to perform poorly in North America. Finally, Love, Simon debut in fifth place with $11.5 million.

So, to recap, here were our predictions:

1) Black Panther – $31 million
2) Tomb Raider – $20.5 million
3) A Wrinkle in Time – $18 million
4) Love, Simon – $15 million
5) Game Night – $10 million

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

1) Black Panther – $27 million
2) Tomb Raider – $23.5 million
3) I Can Only Imagine – $17 million
4) A Wrinkle in Time – $16.5 million
5) Love, Simon – $11.5 million

Next weekend sees the release of Sherlock Gnomes, Midnight Sun and Pacific Rim 2. Be sure to check back on Friday to see our predictions!

2 Replies to “‘Tomb Raider’ Gets Buried by the Power of ‘Black Panther’”

  1. Pacific Rim might have a chance … but only because BP has been on top for so long.
    Tomb Raider was an okay action movie, and Alicia was okay in it. but there really wasn’t anything that made it stand out as a Tomb Raider-y movie … but it’ll probably do well enough to warrant a sequel

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