Box Office: Black Panther to crack $40m this week, Red Sparrow opens on $2.75m

Meanwhile, an Oscar-winning movie has quietly crept its way to $10m.

Mediaweek editor James Manning looks at the weekend box office for March 1-4, 2018.

Weekend box office for the first week of autumn was $12.6m, down 23% on the previous weekend. Black Panther was again the big driver of ticket sales, while there were just two new releases in the top 20.

Three big movies continue to dominate in the top 20 with Black Panther, The Greatest Showman and Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle taking just on $110m between them.

#1 Black Panther $4.53m

The movie continues to report strong revenues and it narrowly trails only The Last Jedi and Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle in terms of what the movies had all earned after three weekends. Black Panther takings were down 40% this weekend but it still screens on over 500 screens with a screen average just under $9,000.

#2 Red Sparrow $2.75m

The new spy thriller starring Jennifer Lawrence also features Joel Edgerton. The Fox release opened on 293 screens and had the best screen average of the weekend for any film on wide release – $9,417.

#3 Game Night $1.28m

The second weekend of the comedy was down 34%. The film shed 38 screens to 249 with a screen average of $5,145.

#4 Finding Your Feet $756,000

Takings dropped 25% as the movie remained on 260 screens with a screen average of $2,911.

#5 The Greatest Showman $674,000

A 10th week in the top five with the screens showing the movie dipping significantly from 386 to 251 with a screen average of $2,686. The movie has now passed $31.5m to-date.

Outside the top five

The only other new release this weekend was Film Stars Don’t Die In Liverpool. The film tells the story of Hollywood actress Gloria Grahame in the English city. It opened on just 111 screens, which was a good decision as it only managed a screen average of $1,000, giving it a weekend take of $111,000.

The biggest winners at the Oscars haven’t exactly been setting the box office chart alive.

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri has been a sleeper though and sits inside the top 10 after nine weeks. The movie has crept its way to $10.43m and is still being screened on 181 screens.

The year’s best movie according to Academy members, The Shape Of Water, has been on the chart for seven weeks. It sits at #18 this week with a total to-date of $3.53m.

The Darkest Hour has been charting for eight weeks. It sits at #16 this week with a total to-date of $6.97m.

Pictured above: Jennifer Lawrence in Red Sparrow

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