Tomb Raider Will Challenge Black Panther For Box Office Throne

Black Panther has crushed the domestic box office on its way to four consecutive No. 1 finishes, but a worthy challenger may arrive this weekend in the form of Lara Croft.

According to TheWrap, Warner Bros.' Tomb Raider reboot on track for an opening weekend gross of $27 million to $29 million, from 3,854 screens. Based on Square Enix's current version of the hit video game franchise, the film debuted last weekend in nine Asian market, raking in $14.1 million from a combined 3,425 screens. One factor that might not work in Lara Croft's favor, though, is critical response, as the film sits at just 56 percent on Rotten Tomatoes.

Black Panther is expected to similarly land in the high $20 million range, meaning the U.S. box office battle is likely to go down to the wire.

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Audiences simply can't get enough of T'Challa, with Marvel's Black Panther having already crossed the $1 billion threshold globally. The accomplishment makes the Ryan Coogler movie the 16th Disney release and fifth Marvel Studios title to reach that milestone.

In theaters now, Black Panther stars Chadwick Boseman as T’Challa/Black Panther, Michael B. Jordan as N’Jadaka/Erik “Killmonger” Stevens, Lupita Nyong’o as Nakia, Danai Gurira as Okoye, Martin Freeman as Everett K. Ross, Daniel Kaluuya as W’Kabi, Letitia Wright as Shuri, Forest Whitaker as Zuri and Andy Serkis as Ulysses Klaue.

Opening Friday nationwide, Roar Uthaug's Tomb Raider stars Alicia Vikander as Lara Croft, Dominic West as Richard Croft, Daniel Wu as Lu Ren, Kristin Scott Thomas as Ana Miller, Hannah John-Kamen as Sophie and Walton Goggins as Mathias Vogel.

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