Black Panther continues to beat all comers at the box office as it mde $108 million and easily remained at the #1 spot. Coming in a distant second was newcomer Game Night with $16.6 million, followed by Peter Rabbit with $12.5 million. Here’s the top 10:
1. Black Panther – It makes $108 million this weekend and has earned over $400 million domestically.
2. Game Night – Jason Bateman and Rachel McAdams comedy debuts with $16.6 million
3. Peter Rabbit – $1.25 million
4. Annihilation – Sci-fi thriller staring Natalie Portman debuts with a sub-par $11 million.
5. Fifty Shades Freed – $6.9 million
6. Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle – Hit flick takes in $5.6 million.
7. The 15:17 to Paris – $3.6 million
8. The Greatest Showman – Hugh Jackman musical continues to do solid business with $3.4 million.
9. Every Day – $3.1 million
10. Early Man – Stop motion flick barely hangs on with $1.7 million
It was a resounding success for Black Panther, as this Marvel Studios feature earned over $192 million at the box office. The figure was astronomical for the film (in comparison, The Avengers’ three day opening weekend was $207.4 million domestically). Coming in a distant second was Peter Rabbit with $17.2 million. Here’s this weekend’s top 10:
1. Black Panther – $192 million
2. Peter Rabbit – $17.2 million
3. Fifty Shades Freed – The flick had made over $266 million worldwide. This weekend, it takes in $16.9 million stateside.
4. Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle – $7.9 million
5. The 15:17 to Paris – Clint Eastwood directed feature takes in $7.68 million
6. The Greatest Showman – $5.1 million this weekend and to date it’s made over $154 million domestically.
7. Early Man – Animated flick disappoints with $3.1 million
Four-time Oscar winner Nick Park has been one of cinema’s most groundbreaking artists thanks to his lifelong passion for stop-motion animation. Early Man is his latest work, and it was partly inspired by his love for the film One Million Years B.C. and the iconic work of Ray Harryhausen.
The storyline centers on an inspiring and naive caveman named Dug (voiced by Eddie Redmayne) who leads his Stone Age tribe in a battle (specifically a game of soccer!) against the seemingly superior Bronze Age warriors. Tom Hiddleston is Lord Nooth, the leader of of the Bronze Age Army and Maisie Williams is Goona, a local vendor who joins up with the Stone Age crew.
“The challenge for me, especially in creating a whole new universe with whole new characters – the most difficult bit and the most attractive bit is how you can relate to characters as soon as possible in the story,” said Park, who’s best known as the creator of Wallace and Gromit.
Click on the media bar below to hear Park explain what motivates him as a storyteller:
Tom Hiddleston (Thor: Ragnarok) lends his voice to the animated film Early Man as Lord Nooth, a pompous and self-important leader to find as much bronze as he can to gain even more power. Dug (Eddie Redmayne) is the optimistic caveman who believes that his tribe can defeat Nooth and save their home in the process.
The anticipation behind Early Man is thanks to director Nick Park, the mastermind behind Wallace & Gromit who actually has not directed a full length feature since 2005’s The Curse of the Were-Rabbit (he executive produced 2015’s Shaun The Sheep Movie).
One of the benefits of working with Park, according to Hiddleston, was experiencing his wonderful sense of humor. Click on the media bar to hear the challenge and joys of collaborating with Nick Park on Early Man:
Early Man, co-starring Maisie Williams, opens February 16.
The animated comedy Early Man takes us back to prehistoric times, telling the story of how one of those early men — Dug, voiced by Oscar-winner Eddie Redmayne — defends his home city from more advanced invaders. The film is directed by Nick Park, best known for creating the Wallace & Gromit series, and Redmayne told us that working with him on the movie was a different, but wonderful experience for him. (Click on the media bar below to hear Eddie Redmayne)
Early Man, which also features the voices of The AvengersTom Hiddleston and Game of ThronesMaisie Williams, opens in theaters on February 16.