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Atlanta-filmed Black Panther on pace to $1B worldwide after record 2nd Week

Black Panther is well on its way to the 1 Billion club.

Having had a week to absorb its record-setting arrival, Hollywood is now sizing up the staying power of Marvel’s latest superhero movie. In its second weekend, “Black Panther” demonstrated an astounding hold on audiences in the United States and Canada, collecting about $108 million and pushing its global total after only 12 days of release to roughly $704 million, according to comScore.

As a point of context, Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy” collected $773 million in 2014 over its entire five-month run.

Imax, which is playing “Black Panther” in more than 60 countries, said people are paying to see the film more than once, a quality that the biggest of the big movies share. “This movie has very strong word of mouth and a deeply loyal core fan base, which are both necessary criteria for repeat business,” said Greg Foster, Imax’s entertainment chief.

And the euphorically reviewed film has yet to arrive in China and Japan, two of Hollywood’s biggest markets. Strong results in other Asian countries, including South Korea, bode well.

For the weekend in North America, three new movies arrived in wide release, and each struggled to get noticed as “Black Panther” dominated. “Game Night” (Warner Bros.) did the best, taking second place with an estimated $16.6 million. New Line, a division of Warner, spent about $35 million to make the R-rated comedy, which received very strong reviews and stars Rachel McAdams and Jason Bateman.

The holdover “Peter Rabbit” (Sony) chugged away in third place, selling about $12.5 million in tickets, for a three-week total of $71.3 million.

That left the expensive “Annihilation” in fourth place, with $11 million in estimated ticket sales. An R-rated science-fiction drama directed by Alex Garland (“Ex Machina”) and starring Natalie Portman as a biologist, “Annihilation” cost Paramount Pictures and David Ellison’s Skydance at least $40 million to make.

Most critics loved“Annihilation,” but multiplex ticket buyers gave it a C grade in CinemaScore exit polls. Had it cost less to produce, Mr. Garland’s movie possibly could have succeeded as an art-house film.

But Paramount, which has struggled badly of late, wants to compete in the wide-release business. “Annihilation” was a holdover from a previous management team at the studio, where a large number of senior executives have quit or been fired over the last year as the studio attempts a turnaround. New managers sold off overseas rights for “Annihilation” to Netflix.

The weekend’s remaining new wide-release film was “Every Day,” a microbudgeted teenage fantasy-romance that took in about $3.1 million and was marketed mostly online. The movie was the first from a rebooted Orion Pictures, which is owned by Metro Goldwyn Mayer.

Can You Wait For Anything? :: X-Men Origins Leaked


“X-Men Origins: Wolverine” isn’t due in theaters until next month, but the prequel has already hacked its way online.

A high-quality, full-length work print of the 20th Century Fox film appeared online Tuesday evening. The studio said it had the file removed, but copies quickly propagated and continue to appear on several file-sharing Web sites.

The movie focuses on the beginnings of Hugh Jackman’s clawed Marvel superhero Wolverine and is set for a May 1 release.

Fox vowed in a statement Wednesday that the source of the “stolen, incomplete and early version” of the movie would be prosecuted and said the FBI and MPAA are investigating. The studio also insisted that the version of the film posted online was “was without many effects, had missing and unedited scenes and temporary sound and music.”

Andre 3000 in New Movie "Battle In Seattle"–HD Trailer

Battle in Seattle, final movie trailer. In 1999, five days rocked the world as tens of thousands of demonstrators took to the streets of Seattle to protest the World Trade Organization. In “Battle in Seattle” those protesters include Django (Andre Benjamin), Sam (Jennifer Carpenter), Lou (Michelle Rodriguez) and Jay (Martin Henderson). United in their desire to make a difference, the stakes are personal and greater than mere politics.

Here, a peaceful demonstration escalates into a full-scale riot, the streets become mayhem, the WTO is paralyzed and a State of Emergency results. Among the Seattle residents caught in the crossfire are its beleaguered mayor (Ray Liotta), a riot cop (Woody Harrelson) and his pregnant wife (Charlize Theron). The choices they make will change their lives forever. With a great ensemble cast, writer/director Stuart Townsend intertwines multiple points of view of those -from protestors to police to delegates and doctors- who intentionally or accidentally find themselves on the streets of Seattle in those last days of the millennium.

Townsend seamlessly merges footage of the real event with his fictional narrative and illustrates that even against incredible odds, ordinary people can change the world. In theaters September 19, 2008