Each Thursday we look at what is going to be coming out in theaters this weekend, show you the trailers for the big releases, predict the box office winner and just generally give you enough of a carrot to pull you through the rest of the work week. 2018 rolls into the new blockbuster battleground month of March with two new films to challenge Black Panther.
Two new films this week challenge King T’Challa and the box office juggernaut that is Black Panther. The first is a remake of the Charles Bronson revenge movie Death Wish starring Bruce Willis and directed by Eli Roth. I have a hard and fast rule to avoid anything Eli Roth is remotely connected to, so I will be giving this one a wide berth.
While once the biggest and most reliable box office draw amongst actresses, Jennifer Lawrence is in a bit of a career slump the last few years. After the failure of Passengers and the controversy of mother!, she could really use a hit. Unfortunately, the reviews on Red Sparrow (which-again-seems like a direct rip-off of the Black Widow film Marvel should have made years ago), are tepid at best, and it’s doubtful that this is going to be the film that puts JLaw back at the top.
Death Wish (Bruce Willis, Vincent D’Onofrio, R, 1hr 48min)
Red Sparrow (Jennifer Lawrence, Joel Edgerton, R, 2hr 20min)
How Did We Do Last Week? KT picked Black Panther to repeat, but it did a whole lot more than just win the box office for the second weekend in a row. It had the second best second weekend in film history making $111.8 million behind only Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ second weekend. Game Night finished a distant second with $17.1 million.
Black Panther seems destined to be Disney’s first billion dollar film of the year. It honestly will be interesting to see how Avengers: Infinity War does against it at this point because it got to $400 million domestic in 10 days, which is only behind (you guessed it) Star Wars: The Force Awakens. It has made, thus far, $421.9 million domestically and $748.2 million globally. It’s already the 20th highest grossing film domestically, and the 3rd highest grossing film in the MCU’s history (behind only the two Avengers films….for now). Yes. It outgrossed Captain America: Civil War in two weeks. Internationally, it’s currently #86 and rising. No February film in history has come close to this kind of box office drawing power.
(2018 Prediction Record: 8-0; Lifetime prediction record 93-10).
WHO WILL WIN THE WEEKEND?
Black Panther three-peats with ease. The film only dropped 47% last week, and even with new contenders, it has become a cultural event at this point and it has at least another week or two to sit atop the box office throne.