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“Tomb Raider” Tops US Friday Box Office, But “Black Panther” Should Win Weekend

The new “Tomb Raider” will take second place on the weekend chart.

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The new “Tomb Raider” film predictably ranked as Friday’s top-grossing film in the United States.

It is not, however, expected to win the weekend.

That honor will likely go to “Black Panther.”

“Tomb Raider” earned $9.1 million on Friday, which marked its first day of release. It is expected to close the weekend with $21-25 million in receipts.

That opens the door for “Black Panther” to secure a fifth consecutive weekend at #1. While it took second place with $7.5 million Friday, it should close the weekend with $26-31 million. In doing so, it will win the weekend box office race — and cross the $600 million cumulative mark.

New release “I Can Only Imagine” took third with $6.2 million Friday, while fellow newcomer “Love, Simon” grabbed fourth on the strength of its $4.6 million.

“A Wrinkle In Time” was fifth at the Friday box office with $4.6 million, but it may move up to #3 for the full weekend.

Current weekend projections have “Wrinkle” taking third with $15-18 million, “I Can Only Imagine” earning fourth with $13-17 million, and “Simon” debuting at #5 with $10-13 million.

Written by Brian Cantor

Brian Cantor is the editor-in-chief for Headline Planet. He has been a leading reporter in the music, movie, television and sporting spaces since 2002.

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