'Black Panther' Dazzles With $65.7M in Third Outing at Box Office

Two R-rated action pics opened opposite Black Panther in North America -- Red Sparrow, a spy thriller starring Lawrence, and Willis' Death Wish remake. Both did muted business.
From Fox and Chernin Entertainment, Red Sparrow beat Death Wish with an estimated $17 million from 3,056 theaters to place second. The action thriller reunites Lawrence with her Hunger Games director Francis Lawrence, and debuted to more than double what her last film, mother!, made in its first weekend. It also opened ahead of Lawrence's Passengers ($14 million).
Based on the novel by Jason Matthews, Red Sparrow tells the tale of a Russian ballerina who, after suffering a career-ending injury, becomes a seductive and cunning intelligence operative. Joel Edgerton, Matthias Schoenaerts, Jeremy Irons, Mary-Louise Parker and Charlotte Rampling co-star in the film, which reportedly cost a net $69 million to produce.
Red Sparrow played best on both coasts, while slightly under-indexing in Middle America. Females made up the majority of ticket buyers (53), while nearly 80 percent of the audience was over the age of 25.
Death Wish, a remake of the 1974 revenge thriller, opened to an estimated $13 million from 2,847 locations. In the film, which took third place, Willis stars as a doctor who takes the law into his own hands after an attack on his wife and daughter. The cast also includes Elisabeth Shue, Vincent D'Onofrio, Camila Morrone, Dean Norris and Mike Epps.
The moviecosting a reported $30 million to produce after tax rebates and incentives, marks the first release from MGM since the indie studio re-entered the domestic distribution business. Death Wish skewed male (57 percent), and played even older than Red Sparrow, with 30 percent of ticket buyers 35 and older (that compares to 23 percent for Lawrence's film).
Red Sparrow currently has a 51 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes, while Death Wish was crushed by critics with a 15 percent score (MGM didn't lift the review embargo until the Thursday before opening). Both films earned a B+ CinemaScore from audiences.

source : billboard.com

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