Black Panther is now the 3rd highest-grossing domestic release of all time.

Tom Cruise may have won his second weekend in a row at the box office with a repeat first place win for Mission: Impossible - Fallout (#1), but the box office news really belongs to Disney/Marvel's Black Panther (#33), which crossed the $700 million domestically to become the third highest-grossing film of all time. That feat locks it in place just behind Star Wars: The Last Jedi and Avatar on the domestic charts. Thought the film is already out on DVD and digital release, it still played in 25 theaters this weekend and should stick around a few for the weeks to come.

As for that first place finish, the sixth M:I film earned an impressive $35 million in its second weekend. Domestically, it's crossed the $100 million threshold. Internationally, it's crossed $200 million and it has yet to release in China (it does so at the end of the month).

Christopher Robin (#2), a new live-action tale from Disney based on the beloved books, went into the weekend with much buzz and a hefty Thursday night haul. But, the attention dwindled as the weekend carried on, taking in $25 million, slightly below estimates. The Winnie the Pooh film, starring Ewan McGregor as an adult Christopher Robin, earned mixed reviews, but scored an A CinemaScore.

The other high profile release was The Spy Who Dumped Me (#3), a comedy heist film starring Mila Kunis and Kate McKinnon. The film was touted months ago on the talk show circuit, but had all-but gotten lost in the waining weeks before this weekend. Its $12.35 million total shows that.

YA adaptation, The Darkest Minds (#8), also failed to churn out much love as it debuted in over 3,000 screens and only earned $5.8 million.

Considered a wide release based on opening in over 1,000 screens, Dinesh D'Souza's Death of a Nation (#13) documentary finished the weekend with $2.35 million, despite earning a 0% on Rotten Tomatoes. This is D'Souza's third major release, following Hillary's America: The Secret History of Democratic Party and 2016 Obama's America. The conservative conspiratorial films typically start 'well' but flounder of after their first weekends.

The other films to make up the top ten reflect strong love for sequels, including Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (#4) and The Equalizer 2 (#5). Both films made it in the Top Five and are inching towards $100 million. The ABBA musical will reach that peak first.

As for limited release, Bo Burnham's Eighth Grade (#12) finally broke wide, domestically. With strong reviews, the indie has been trucking along just outside of the Top Ten, where it remained this weekend. It debuted with the strongest per-screen average of the year and looks to have the power to become the darling release of the year, a la Juno before it. So far, it's earned over $6 million.

On just two screens, A24's Never Goin' Back (#39) opened to $10,000. Like Eighth Grade, Never Goin' Back was a Sundance hit and could grow over the next few weeks.

Leaving the Top Ten is blockbuster Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (#11), actioner Skyscraper (#14), and horror flick The First Purge (#15).

Next weekend, The Meg hopes to charm summer audiences with its big fish, Dog Days hopes to win over the family crowd, and Slender Man hopes to be the horror film of the summer. Plus, Spike Lee's BlackKklansman will be seen by the public after a successful festival run.


(bold signifies a new release)


2. CHRISTOPHER ROBIN - $25 million

3. THE SPY WHO DUMPED ME - $12.35 million

4. MAMMA MIA! HERE WE GO AGAIN - $9 million

5. THE EQUALIZER 2 - $8.8 million


7. ANT-MAN AND THE WASP - $6.1 million

8. THE DARKEST MINDS - $5.8 million

9. INCREDIBLES 2 - $5 million

10. TEEN TITANS GO! TO THE MOVIES - $4.8 million

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