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Editor’s Note: The original version of this story mistakenly cited Black Panther as the first superhero movie to spend 12 weekends in the top ten, overlooking 1989’s Batman — which did so 13 times. We apologize for the oversight.


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Back in black: Disney’s juggernaut Black Panther has earned a 12th weekend in the top 10, making it one of the only films of any genre to do so this entire decade.


Panther earned an estimated $3.14 million this weekend, for 7th place. That was down from 5th place last weekend.


Two weekends ago, the film came in 8th and appeared potentially likely to soon exit the top 10. But then the release of Avengers: Infinity War — which also stars Chadwick Boseman as the Black Panther character — helped resuscitate the box office.


“If you go onto social media, people are creating their own double feature with Black Panther and Infinity War,” Disney Worldwide President of Distribution Dave Hollis told BOXOFFICE. “This is a testament to a power of the cultural phenomenon that was and is Black Panther.”



How does this compare? The next closest superhero movies on that longevity measure have been Guardians of the Galaxy and The Dark Knight, both with 10 weekends in the top 10.


It’s rare indeed for a film achieve the feat of 12+ weekends in the top 10. Panther is now only the 9th film of the past 15 years to do so. (However, it has been increasing in frequency lately — Panther is the 4th film to reach the feat in the past two years alone.) The other most recent films to reach the mark are:






Title
Total top 10 weekends
Release date
12th weekend date


Black Panther
12
Fri 2/16/2018
Fri 5/4/2018


Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle
12
Wed 12/20/2017
Fri 3/9/2018


La La Land
13
Fri 12/9/2016
Fri 3/3/2017


Zootopia
13
Fri 3/4/2016
Fri 5/20/2016


Frozen
16
Fri 11/22/2013
Fri 2/14/2014


Silver Linings Playbook
12
Fri 11/16/2012
Fri 3/15/2013


Avatar
14
Fri 12/18/2009
Fri 3/5/2010


Slumdog Millionaire
12
Wed 11/12/2008
Fri 3/13/2009


The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
12
Wed 12/17/2003
Fri 3/12/2004



Looking to the future, could Panther extend the streak next weekend, for 13 frames in the top 10?


It certainly seems possible. The film came in 7th place this weekend, not 8th or 9th or 10th and barely hanging on to the top tier. And only two other films open in wide release next weekend: Breaking In and Life of the Party.


 


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