Weekend box office: Tomb Raider can’t steal the top spot from Black Panther

Every year there are a handful of movies that come out to a poor audience reception and weak box office numbers that virtually every fan just nods their head and says “yep”.  You can count the TOMB RAIDER reboot in that category since I think everyone outside of the filmmakers knew it was going to struggle to find an audience that was still interested in the Tomb Raider franchise.  The movie opened with just over $20 million at the weekend box office and with poor word of mouth, I can’t imagine it will crack $60 million total.  With a budget of over $100 million, that’s a tough pill to swallow.  I’m sure pundits will ponder why the film didn’t succeed, but I think the answer is as simple as the source material was never that interesting to begin with.  There were a couple of surprises this weekend, with the faith-based I CAN ONLY IMAGINE bringing in $15 million, seemingly from out of nowhere.  The LGBTQ-friendly LOVE, SIMON also surprised with just under $12 million.

Next week sees the release of PACIFIC RIM: UPRISING, which will surely dethrone BLACK PANTHER…right?  People love the original PACIFIC RIM, and the sequel promises more of what people love; giant monsters fighting giant robots.  The only other new movie is Wes Anderson’s animated film ISLE OF DOGS, which probably won’t compete for first place, but I’m sure Anderson’s legion of fans will turn out to see what he’ll do with his animated follow-up to FANTASTIC MR. FOX.  Note: the numbers below will be updated as they become final.

1. Black Panther $28.5m

2. Tomb Raider $23.5m

3. A Wrinkle in Time $17m

4. I Can Only Imagine $15.1m

5. Love, Simon $11.7m

6. Game Night $6m

7. Peter Rabbit $5.9m

8. Strangers: Prey at Night $5.1m

9. Red Sparrow $4.8m

10. Death Wish $3.4m

(Deadline)

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