Box Office Predictions: March 2-4

Marvel’s Black Panther should continue its momentous run atop the box office as two newbies compete for action fan attention. They are Red Sparrow with Jennifer Lawrence and Death Wish starring Bruce Willis. You can peruse my detailed prediction posts on each of them here:

Not long ago, I might have estimated Red Sparrow would easily top Death Wish in their head to head. However, I’m beginning to believe it might be a fairly close race for the runner-up spot to Panther. That said, I’m still giving Katniss the edge over John McClane… or Joy over Hudson Hawk if you want to go less obvious.

Holdovers Game Night and Peter Rabbit should round out the top five.

And with that, my top 5 predictions for the weekend:

1. Black Panther

Predicted Gross: $65.4 million

2. Red Sparrow

Predicted Gross: $17.5 million

3. Death Wish

Predicted Gross: $16.6 million

4. Game Night

Predicted Gross: $9.8 million

5. Peter Rabbit

Predicted Gross: $8.7 million

Box Office Results (February 23-25)

Black Panther continued to confound prognosticators with its amazing run. In its sophomore frame, the Marvel phenomenon grossed $111.6 million, surging past my $101.8 million forecast. Incredibly, that gives it the #2 largest second weekend of all time behind only Star Wars: The Force Awakens. 

Game Night debuted in second with a solid $17 million, capitalizing on positive reviews and a dearth of comedies to choose from. It opened in line with my $16.3 million estimate.

Peter Rabbit was third with $12.7 million in weekend #3 (I said $11.6 million) for $71 million overall.

Annihilation with Natalie Portman, despite glowing critical reception, struggled in fourth with $11 million – just edging my $10.4 million projection. While critics are digging it, audiences only gave it a C Cinemascore grade. Look for it to fade quickly.

Fifty Shades Freed rounded out the top five with $7.1 million (I said $6.9 million) to bring its tally to $89 million.

Finally, the YA romantic drama Every Day opened meekly in ninth with $3 million, right in line with my $2.9 million estimate.

And that does it for now, folks! Until next time…

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