'Tomb Raider' Is No Match For 'Black Panther' in Weekend Box Office
T'Challa manages to hold off Lara Croft
It looks like, once again, Black Panther will hold onto the title of box office king as it holds off the newly released Tomb Raider.
Estimates for this weekend’s ticket sales will put Disney and Marvel’s Black Panther on top with a projected $29 million, as reported by the Hollywood Reporter. Expected to come in second is Tomb Raider with an estimated $24 million weekend.
This makes Black Panther the first movie since 2009’s Avatar to hold the top box office spot for five straight weeks. The story of the Wakanda superhero will surpass $600 million in domestic ticket sales putting it within striking distance of the $623 million made by The Avengers. Black Panther flew past $1 billion just 26 days after its release, a major feat for a superhero origin film.
Tomb Raider, starring Alicia Vikander (Ex Machina, Jason Bourne), is a reboot of the movie franchise based on the 2013 reboot of the video game series. In the movie, Lara Croft (Vikander) attempts to finish her late father’s work. She has to find the Tomb of Mother of Death before Mathias Vogel (Walter Goggins) and the shadowy organization, Trinity, reach it.
The movie currently has a 49% rating at Rotten Tomatoes, which still makes it one of the better video game adaptations.
Falling to third place is Ava DuVernay’s A Wrinkle in Time, which is expected to bring in $17 million.
Tomb Raider and Black Panther are in theaters now.