A wave of feverish anticipation, fawning critical acclaim and groundbreaking cultural meaning pushed “Black Panther” to a record-setting $192 million debut in U.S. and Canada theatres, firmly establishing the superhero sensation as a box-office landmark.
What happened this weekend at the box office that yielded three stateside bombs? Those being Lionsgate’s Blair Witch (est. $9.65M, $5M production cost, mid-to-high $20M), Universal/Working Title/Miramax/StudioCanal’s Bridget Jones’s Baby (est. $8.2M, $35M production cost) and Open Road’s Snowden (est.$8M, production cost $50M). When films under-deliver, distribution executives love to blame […]