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'Black Panther' Leads Box Office for Fifth-Straight Weekend

For the fifth straight weekend in a row Disney's Black Panther leads the box office beating out the premiere weekend of Warner Bros.' Tomb Raider.

The African superhero movie collected $27 million this weekend in North American theaters, researcher ComScore Inc. estimated Sunday in an email.

Meanwhile, the film has taken in an additional $577.1 million in overseas grosses, catapulting "Black Panther" to above the billion-dollar mark, with a worldwide box office of $1.18 billion... and counting. In recent days, the film has risen to No. 16 in all-time sales, passing "The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King" and "Transformers: Dark of the Moon".

Tomb Raider-a reboot of the videogame adaptation originally starring Angelina Jolie in the early 2000's-didn't quite live up to the success it was slated to bring in North America, raking in a figure just shy of the $25 million mark with $23.5 mill and pulling in at a close second.

With a total of $605 million, the film will pass the $623 million made by "The Avengers" sometime this week, making it the top superhero movie on the domestic charts.

In Warner Bros.' resuscitation of the franchise Lara Croft, Vikander stars as the daughter of an eccentric adventurer and has set out to solve the mystery of his disappearance. Dennis Quaid and Cloris Leachman also star in the film, which cost a modest $7 million to make. "Starting with the beginning of October, we were screening the film for faith-based influencers", said Roadside co-founder Howard Cohen. Fox's launch of gay teen comedy-drama "Love, Simon" took fifth with US$11.5 million at 2,402 venues. Whereas "I Can Only Imagine" catered to the suburbs, "Love, Simon" thrived mainly in urban areas. "I think audiences are going to continue to find this jewel of a film that Greg Berlanti created".

The overall box office took in about US$130 million, down 50 percent from the same weekend previous year when Disney's "Beauty and the Beast" opened with US$174.5 million. Where available, the latest global numbers also are included.

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