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Can Anyone Knock Off Black Panther?

For the first time since Avatar in 2009, Black Panther has clung to the top of the Stateside box office for a fifth weekend, seeing off the likes of Tomb Raider. The superhero smash has made more than $27 million this weekend, according to studio estimates.

And Marvel's latest success story has hit another milestone, becoming only the seventh film ever to gross more than $600 million at the domestic box office. With its overseas takings, the movie has now crossed more than $1.1 billion.

Tomb Raider could only manage $23.5 million in treasure found from audiences, earning it a second place launch. Will it go on to spawn a franchise, as Warner Bros. might hope? That will have to wait for its full takings figures to come in. More successful (especially in terms of budget vs. return) was faith-based drama I Can Only Imagine, which started its chart run in third $17 million, off the back of a $7 million budget.

Slipping a couple of places to fourth, A Wrinkle In Time picked up $16.5 million, while new romantic comedy Love, Simon did decent business in fifth, taking in $11.5 million.

Game Night fell a place to sixth, making $5.5 million, while Peter Rabbit was down to seventh on $5.2 million. Horror sequel Strangers: Prey At Night dropped to eighth place with $4.8 million, just ahead of Red Sparrow at ninth and $4.4 million. Finally, at 10th, we find the new Death Wish reboot, which grabbed $3.3 million but still hasn't cracked $30 million in the States.

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