I mentioned "Fifty Shades Darker" being beaten by a superhero movie last year. That's going to happen this weekend, as SyFy Wire reports Black Panther: The album expected to top charts, film eyeing $170 million opening. Wow! Stay tuned to see if both of those predictions come to pass.That's how I concluded 'Fifty Shades Freed' tops the box office for Valentines Day. The Hollywood Reporter shows that "Black Panther" exceeded even those lofty expectations in Weekend Box Office: 'Black Panther' Bounds to Record-Shattering $235M-Plus Bow.
Estimates for the history-making movie keep going up and up; overseas, it amasses $169 million for an estimated global launch of $404 million.Wow, indeed! What about the album? Billboard reports 'Black Panther: The Album' Debuts at No. 1 on Billboard 200 Chart.
Black Panther: The Album debuts at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart, launching with 154,000 equivalent album units earned in the week ending Feb. 15, according to Nielsen Music. Of that sum, 52,000 are in traditional album sales.Double wow! I'm impressed.
The set, which features music from and inspired by the blockbuster Marvel Studios film Black Panther, garners the biggest week for a soundtrack — in terms of total units earned — in a year-and-a-half. The last soundtrack to score a larger week was Suicide Squad: The Album, which bowed atop the Aug. 27, 2016-dated list with 182,000 units earned. Black Panther: The Album was released on Feb. 9 through Top Dawg/Aftermath/Interscope Records.
Black Panther is the second soundtrack to reach No. 1 on the Billboard 200 in 2018, following The Greatest Showman, which spent two weeks atop the list (dated Jan. 13 and 20).
What about the soundtrack for "Fifty Shades Freed?"
With Black Panther: The Album, The Greatest Showman and Fifty Shades Freed at Nos. 1, 3 and 5, the chart houses a trio of soundtracks in the top five for only the second time in the last 10 years. The only other time three soundtracks have populated the top five in the last 10 years was on the May 30, 2015-dated list, when Pitch Perfect 2 debuted at No. 1, Fifty Shades of Grey moved 6-3 and Furious 7 rose 7-5.That's impressive as well as informative. Now I know three of the likely nominees for Best Soundtrack Compilation at next year's Grammy Awards.
Follow over the jump for the rest of the box office, plus a follow-up to a prediction I made.