ISLAMABAD - *Black Panther*" broke more records over the weekend in North America, exceeding revenues from the 1997 blockbuster "*Titanic,*" while horror thriller "*A Quiet Place*," with barely three minutes of dialogue, made a resounding $50.2 million debut.
"*A Quiet Plac*e" is built around a simple but chilling premise: flesh-eating creatures have invaded Earth, but they are blind and can track their prey only by sound.
So actor/director John Krasinski, his wife (in the film and in real life) Emily Blunt and their children must adapt — through sign language and ingenious adaptations — or die.
The film has drawn rave reviews, with a 97 percent Rotten Tomatoes rating.
Steven Spielberg's "*Ready Player One*" — a futuristic tribute to 1980s films — came in second at $24.6 million from Friday to Sunday, according to box office tracker Exhibitor Relations.
The Warner Bros film tells the story of a teenage gamer (Wade Watts) who finds himself inside an addictive virtual reality world. It's earned $96.5 million in two weeks.
In third was another new release, Universal's "*Blockers*," at $20.6 million. A raunchy comedy starring John Cena and Leslie Mann, the movie drew considerable buzz at the South by Southwest film festival.
Still flourishing in its eighth week out, "*Black Panther*" netted $8.7 million for fourth spot.
Already the highest-grossing superhero film in US history, its cumulative total in the US and Canada now exceeds $665.6 million. fourth spot.The film stars Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan and Lupita Nyong'o.
That number takes the film past "*Titanic*," which had collected $659 million in North America. "*Black Panther*" is now third in movie ticket sales of all time on the continent.
"*Avatar*" (2009) and "*Star Wars: The Force Awakens*" (2015) are still ahead, with $760 million and $936.7 million in ticket sales respectively.
In terms of global sales, "*Avatar*" leads with $2.8 billion, followed by " *Titanic*" ($2.2 billion), both directed by James Cameron. "*Black Panther*" is only 10th worldwide.
In North America, the weekend's fifth spot went to psychological thriller "*Tyler Perry's Acrimony*" with $8.4 million.
Rounding out the top 10 were:
"*I Can Only Imagine*" ($7.8 million)
"*Chappaquiddick*" ($5.8 million)
"*Sherlock Gnomes*" ($5.4 million)
"*Pacific Rim: Uprising*" ($4.8 million)
"*Isle of Dogs*" ($4.6 million)