'Panther' bests all rivals at box office - again

Black Panther

In the money: Child actor Seth Carr was paid $1,000 a day for his role as the young Killmonger in Marvel's Black Panther.

Black Panther has become only the seventh title to pass the $600 million milestone at the North American box office, and is the second-fastest film to do so. With a budget of over $100 million, that's a tough pill to swallow.

Coming in at third place is faith-based film "I Can Only Imagine", which outperformed all expectations to bring in $17 million domestically in its debut weekend.

"Black Panther continues to astonish as it shows incredible strength fully five weeks into its wonderful run as it takes on another batch of notable newcomers and comes out on top", said Paul Degarabedian, senior media analyst with comScore. People love the original PACIFIC RIM, and the sequel promises more of what people love; giant monsters fighting giant robots. The film opened in nine markets last weekend and has an worldwide total of $102 million. Note: the numbers below will be updated as they become final.

Landing in second place with mediocre results was Tomb Raider with an estimated $23 million from 3,854 theaters.

The Disney release grossed US$27 million in ticket sales over the weekend, according to studio estimates, pushing its domestic haul to $605.4 million.

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Even after six weeks of release, there is still no stopping Black Panther. Dennis Quaid and Cloris Leachman also star in the film, which cost a modest $7 million to make.

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.

You can view this weekend's full box office results (via Box Office Mojo) below.

Reviews for the new Tomb Raider were lukewarm, though many praised Vikander, while moviegoers gave it a so-so B CinemaScore. "I feel great that we had the kind of exit polls that we did", said Chris Aronson, distribution chief for Fox. The biggest post-Oscars boost has been overseas, where The Shape of Water grossed $17 million over the weekend.

Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at USA and Canadian theatres, according to comScore.

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