That's a mere $14 million (£9.9 million) away from The Last Jedi ($619.7 million / £441 million) and $18 million (£12.8 million) behind Marvel's biggest-grossing film to date, The Avengers ($623.3 million / £444 million). On the other hand, a solid $84.5 million in global grosses means that the movie will most likely end up in the black when all is said and done. The film is also closing in on $1.2 billion at the worldwide box office. In the last two decades, only 1999's The Sixth Sense and 2009's Avatar have ruled the box office for five straight weeks, putting Black Panther in great cinematic company.
"I Can Only Imagine" doubled expectations by sticking to the typical tactic of "faith-based" releases with a grassroots marketing effort that focused on Southern, Southwestern and suburban moviegoers. It did slightly better with the overseas sales taken into account, earning $102.5 million from 65 regions, for a total worldwide haul of $126 million in its first weekend.
Russian Federation announces retaliatory measures against Britain over spy attack row
The ministry said Moscow's measures were a response to what it called Britain's "provocative actions and groundless accusations". It had warned London it stood ready to take further measures in the event of more "unfriendly steps".
Next weekend sees the release of Pacific Rim Uprising and Isle of Dogs, which will surely shake things up at the weekend box-office yet again.
Aviron's second weekend of horror sequel "Strangers: Prey at Night" finished eighth with $4.8 million at 2,464 venues. "Jumanji", which won its third, fourth, fifth and seventh weekends, became the 30th film to cross the $400 million mark in domestic grosses. Red Sparrow continues to do middling business with $4.5 million over the weekend, to raise its, we assume, disappointing three-week total to $39.6 million.