'Tomb Raider' Can't Topple 'Black Panther' at Box Office

T'Challa in Black Panther and Lara Croft in Tomb Raider

"I really hoped we would do more than $25 million domestically, but the fact that we were No. 1 globally is terrific news", Warner Bros. domestic distribution chief Jeff Goldstein noted.

Alicia Vikander's "Tomb Raider" ruled the global box office with $84.5 million at 32,685 screens in 65 markets, led by a solid $41.1 million opening in China.

"Black Panther" has totaled a stunning $605.4 million in 31 days. In the USA, it is only days away from overtaking fellow Marvel film The Avengers ($623 million) to become the top-grossing superhero film of all time in North America, unadjusted for inflation.

But here is what may be most impressive right now about Black Panther: It just topped the weekend box office for the 5th straight week. The big release that might tank Tomb Raider's follow-up week is "Pacific Rim 2", which is also set to open nationwide next weekend. The film stars Dennis Quaid and depicts the back story behind the song of the same name by the Christian band MercyMe. It also stars Walton Goggins and Dominic West. Despite a modest showing on the home front, the film clearly resonated with foreign audiences, making it the No. 1 film in the world after pulling in $102.5 million overseas-making a big impact with $41.1 million in China-bringing the overall total to $126 million globally.

With a marketplace still dominated by Black Panther, Disney faced some stiff competition from its own studio in launching Ava DuVernay's adaption of A Wrinkle in Time, which is expected to take third place with $16 million this week.

Like Tomb Raider, Fox's YA adaptation Love, Simon - disappointed in its opening.

Warner Bros.' fourth weekend of R-rated comedy "Game Night" took sixth place with $5.6 million at 2,686 locations, pushing its 24-day gross past $54 million.

Greg Berlanti directed the Fox 2000 dramedy, which stars Nick Robinson as Simon Spier, a closeted high schooler who tries to find out the identity of an anonymous classmate he's fallen in love with online.

Both Love, Simon and I Can Only Imagine nabbed coveted A+ CinemaScores, while Tomb Raider earned a mediocre B.

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