'Black Panther' tops $500m, dominates 'Red Sparrow,' 'Death Wish'

In less than three weeks, 'Black Panther' has become 47th highest grosser worldwide and the 10th highest domestic grosser of all time with $501.1 million.

Black Panther. Picture: Marvel Studios Twitter.

LOS ANGELES – Disney-Marvel’s Black Panther has grossed an impressive $56.2 million in its third weekend in about 86% of international markets, lifting the superhero tentpole to $396.6 million overseas.

Black Panther, starring Chadwick Boseman as the king of a fictional African nation, now has a worldwide total of $897.7 million through Sunday. It’s about to become the fifth title in the Marvel Cinematic Universe to cross the $900 million mark, joining The Avengers at $1.52 billion, Avengers: Age of Ultron at $1.4 billion, Iron Man 3 at $1.2 billion and Captain America: Civil War at $1.15 billion.

In less than three weeks, Black Panther has become 47th highest grosser worldwide and the 10th highest domestic grosser of all time with $501.1 million.

The blockbuster has grossed $12.9 million in Russia after going wide on 26 February, surpassing the entire runs for Ant-Man, Captain America: Winter Soldier, Justice League and Wonder Woman. In Japan, Black Panther opened as the top western release, earning $4.2 million.

European grosses declined only 37% from last weekend despite some cinema closures due to the heavy winter storms, with strongholds in Netherlands (-13%), France (-18%), Israel (-26%), Germany (-28%), Sweden (-30%), Switzerland (-31%), Finland (-32%), Norway (-34%) and Spain (-35%).

The Asia-Pacific region (excluding new openers Russia and Japan) saw a decline of 53% from last weekend. Latin America saw a decline of 36% from last weekend as Black Panther remained number one in all markets.

China will see the final international opening next weekend. The most recent Disney-Marvel title, Thor: Ragnarok, performed solidly in China with $112 million.

The UK has led the way for Black Panther on the foreign front with $49.1 million, followed by South Korea with $41.4 million, Brazil with $24.9 million, Australia with $27.3 million, Mexico with $22 million and France with $21 million.

Jennifer Lawrence’s spy thriller Red Sparrow opened with $26.5 million from 8,744 screens in 65 international markets in its debut weekend for Fox. The film scored first place in 10 markets including Taiwan with $2.4 million, Spain with $2 million and Italy with $1.5 million.

Fox’s The Shape of Water, which has a leading 13 Academy Award nominations, took in $9.1 million from 4,419 screens in 49 markets. Its international total has hit $69 million with six additional market releases coming up including China on 16 March.

Fox’s Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri, which has seven Oscar nominations, grossed $5.5 million from 3,685 screens in 44 markets, including a China opening of $2.4 million from 815 screens. The international total has hit $79 million with four international markets still to come.

Hugh Jackman’s The Greatest Showman brought in $5.3 million from 1,649 screens in 25 markets. The Fox title has totalled $211.2 million internationally.