Black Panther maintains rule over the box office while Red Sparrow pecks its way to second

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Mar 4, 2018

The legacy of Wakanda endures as Black Panther maintains supremacy at the box office for the third week in a row with Box Office Mojo estimating another $65 million in weekend ticket sales. This would bring the movie's domestic gross to just over $501 million and its worldwide total to over $897 million. More importantly, it would break another record for the movie, making it the third-highest third weekend in history, writes VarietyBlack Panther would be behind Star Wars: The Force Awakens ($90 million) and Avatar ($68 million).

Asserting itself in the latest pecking order (pun intended) is Jennifer Lawrence's espionage thriller Red Sparrow in second place with a sizable domestic opening of $17 million. Internationally, the film has made over $26 million, putting the total haul at $43.5 million. With Panther on the prowl, this is quite the admirable debut, proving that Lawrence can impress in any bird-related feature. Nevertheelss, the Francis Lawrence-directed picture still has a little more than $20 million in order to break even on its $69 million budget. 

Alex Garland's ambitious sci-fi thriller Annihlation has been knocked to sixth place on the box office food chain with little more than $5 million. Keeping it at bay are Peter Rabbit ($10 million), Game Night ($10.7 million), and Eli Roth's remake of Death Wish, the latter of which is in third place with $13 million.