Black Panther reigns over the box office for fifth weekend with $27m

T'Challa in Black Panther and Lara Croft in Tomb Raider

Lara Croft: Tomb Raider is the first film released in 2001 and opened with $47.7 million.

The 18th release in Marvel's Cinematic Universe of superhero movies has earned $605 million in the USA and Canada, according to box office tracker Exhibitor Relations, and is the first film since "Avatar" (2009) to chalk up five consecutive top spots.

With a reported $250 million spent on production and marketing, the movie will need to gross at least $400 million worldwide to turn a profit, according to Forbes magazine.

"Black Panther" has totaled a stunning $605.4 million in 31 days. These new releases dropped A Wrinkle in Time to fourth place where it earned $16.6 million, to bring its two-week total to $61.1 million. Unless Alicia Vikander's Tomb Raider unearths unexpected treasure, it's on course to lose the weekend box-office crown to ruling champ Black Panther, according to early Friday returns.

Two other weekend openers aimed at niche markets beat out expectations to round out the top five. I Can Only Imagine, a Christian themed film, made a surprising $17 million, or more than $10 million what most analysts were expecting.

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And breakout stars Letitia Wright (Princess Shuri) and Winston Duke (M'Baku) have made quite the splash since the film opened in February.

That's a mere $14 million (£9.9 million) away from The Last Jedi ($619.7 million / £441 million) and $18 million (£12.8 million) behind Marvel's biggest-grossing film to date, The Avengers ($623.3 million / £444 million).

It stars Nick Robinson, Jennifer Garner and Josh Duhamel in the story of a teen trying to hide the truth about his sexuality from his family, his friends and all of his classmates. This faith-based film only cost $7 million to produce, making this debut a blessing from on high.

Aviron's second weekend of horror sequel "Strangers: Prey at Night" finished eighth with $4.8 million at 2,464 venues.

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