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Box Office: Black Panther remains dominant for fifth week in a row, Tomb Raider unearths second place

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Mar 18, 2018

Wakanda shows no signs of slowing down at the box office, as Black Panther is on track to make $27 million, according to Box Office Mojo, making it the highest-grossing movie for the fifth week running. If true, this will put the film's worldwide gross at well over $1.18 billion while its domestic total reaches $605 million. Should the 18th movie from Marvel Studios make just another $20 million, which is very likely, it will overtake the first Avengers ($623 million in North America) as the highest-grossing domestic Marvel movie of all time. This record will fit nicely on Black Panther's mantel, as it lost out on the biggest Fandango pre-sales to Infinity War earlier this week

Meanwhile, Alicia Vikander's Tomb Raider reboot is estimated to make $23 million this weekend, putting it in second place. Not a bad development for a film that's been getting middling reviews. The movie (directed by Norwegian filmmaker Roar Uthaug) fleetingly dominated the Friday box office with $9 million over Panther's $7.5 million. 

Bringing up third place is surprisingly not Disney's A Wrinkle in Time or Fox's Love, Simon, but I Can Only Imagine, a project about the Christian rock group MercyMe. The movie is expected to make a little over $17 million this weekend. Wrinkle is projected for $16 million for fourth place, and Simon is projected for $11 million for fifth place.