Alicia Vikander doing her take on Lara Croft was unable to dethrone Black Panther as the Marvel flick made over $27 million and retained the #1 spot. Tomb Raider managed a respectable $23.5 million opening, and worldwide the flick has already amassed $126 million. Here’s the top 10:
1. Black Panther – $27 million
2. Tomb Raider – $23.5 million
3. I Can Only Imagine – Faith based drama, starring Dennis Quaid and Madeline Carroll, does solid business with a $17 million debut.
4. A Wrinkle In Time – Critically mixed flick takes in $16.5 million.
5. Love, Simon – Teen drama collects $11.5 million
6. Game Night – Jason Bateman/Rachel McAdams comedy earns $5.5 million and to date it’s grossed over $54 million domestically.
7. Peter Rabbit – $5.2 million
8. Strangers: Prey at Night – $4.8 million
9. Red Sparrow– Jennifer Lawrence thriller earns $4.4 million and it’s been a critical and commercial disappointment.
10. Death Wish – It’s more like DOA, as this movie failed to set the box office world on fire. Bruce Willis flick makes $3.4 million.
Greg Berlanti has made a name for himself by creating superhero shows like The Flash, Supergirl,Legends of Tomorrow, and Black Lightning. Berlanti, who last directed a movie in 2010 (Life As We Know It), has a new film coming out that goes in a completely different direction — Love, Simon is about a closeted gay teenager who’s trying to find balance in a chaotic life. Berlanti explained to us that the challenge of doing something totally new is why he wanted to direct the film. (Click on the media bar below to hear Greg Berlanti)
Love, Simon starring Nick Robinson, Josh Duhamel, and Jennifer Garner, opens in theaters on March 16.
Love, Simon centers on Simon Spier (Nick Robinson), a 17-year-old who finds a connection with an anonymous classmate that he chats with online. The catch is Simon has yet to come out to his parents and friends, and his secret may be divulged before he gets the chance to have an honest talk with his loved ones. Based on Becky Albertalli’s novel Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda, the picture is directed by filmmaker/producer Greg Berlanti (Everwood, Green Arrow, The Flash).
“What excited me about this project is this story has not been told before in this setting, in high school, in a sort of coming of age film,” said Robinson. “I feel it was past due and I wanted to be part of the team that helped tell it.”
Click on the media bar to hear Robinson elaborate on why humor is an important element of Love, Simon: