Marvel's latest enjoyed the second-largest second weekend takings of all time ($108m), and became only the fourth film to ever make more than $100m at the USA box office across its second week. It's all but guaranteed considering the film has yet to open in China and Japan. Even more impressive is the fact that its second weekend haul is now the second highest second weekend for a film, only trailing behind only "Force Awakens". This is historic in that it's been a while since not only is the Black Panther a predominantly black movie that's exceeded expectations by so much, but the soundtrack has also gone on to be downloaded and unprecedented number of times since it was released.
Thanks to "Black Panther", Disney accountants are facing a new challenge - not that they're complaining. It's also the second most lucrative second weekend of any movie ever (again, "Force Awakens", which earned $149 million its second weekend, is first).
Black Panther has already crossed the $700 million mark globally after just two weeks in theaters. That's less of a drop than other films in Marvel's Cinematic Universe like "Captain America: Civil War" and "The Avengers: Age of Ultron", which saw its second weekend totals drop closer to 60%, according to comScore.
"Game Night" opened in second place with $16.6 million.
Black Panther continues to play to an ethnically diverse audience. It became the largest opening for an African-American director by sizable margin. The story, described as a tale of black power and black pride in addition to its superhero themes, follows T'Challa as he is sworn in as king of Wakanda, a cloaked, technologically advanced nation in Africa that is home to the exotic metal vibranium, the source of Black Panther's powers. Directed by John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein, the film stars Jason Bateman, Rachel McAdams, and Kyle Chandler.
"Peter Rabbit" lands in third place with $12.5 million.
Fifty Shades Freed round out the top five with $6.9 million.
The action film The 15:17 to Paris fell from fifth to seventh this week, but still brought in $3.6 million and raised its three-week total to $32.3 million.