I hate to be the one to say I told you so, but...

Aside from mediocre reviews for Tomb Raider (49% on Rotten Tomatoes) and lack of any real competition for St. Patrick's day weekend, this one was an easy and safe bet to make. As of now, after 5 weeks and on the other side of $600 million, Black Panther is only about $18 million away from topping the Avengers and claiming the throne of highest grossing superhero movie of ALL TIME!

Source (Variety)

Disney-Marvel’s “Black Panther” has maintained its momentum at the domestic box office, winning its fifth consecutive weekend with $27 million from 3,834 locations.

Alicia Vikander’s “Tomb Raider” finished second in its opening weekend in line with expectations with $23.5 million from 3,854 sites for Warner Bros. and MGM. The videogame-based action adventure score a B grade from moviegoers in CinemaScore exit polls.

Lionsgate-Roadside Attractions’ faith-based drama “I Can Only Imagine” outperformed forecasts with $17.1 million at 1,629 venues, notching the top per-screen average in the top 10 with $10,476. The studio plans to expand “I Can Only Imagine,” based on the story behind the hit song of the same name, to more than 2,000 sites next weekend.

Disney’s second weekend of time-travel adventure “A Wrinkle in Time” followed in fourth with $16.6 million at 3,980 locations, lifting its 10-day total to $61.1 million.”Wrinkle,” directed by Ava DuVernay, declined by exactly half from its opening weekend.

For the fifth weekend in a row, Disney and Marvel's Black Panther is the weekend's number one film at the domestic box office, becoming the first film to accomplish that feat since Avatar in 2009. The film is also only the seventh film to ever gross over $600 million at the domestic box office as it continues to dominate, now less than $18 million shy of topping The Avengers and becoming the highest grossing superhero movie of all-time.

As for the weekend's new releases, WB's Tomb Raider performed as expected, delivering a second place finish while the big surprise of the weekend was Roadside and Lionsgate's release of I Can Only Imagine. The faith-based feature delivered a third place finish, defying all expectations, and topped not only Disney's A Wrinkle in Time in its sophomore session, but Fox's freshman debut, Love, Simon.

With an estimated $27 millionBlack Panther finished atop the weekend box office for the fifth straight weekend, pushing the film over $605 million domestically. As a result, Black Panther joins Avatar and The Sixth Sense as only the third film to top the weekend box office for five straight weekends in the last 19 years.

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