Who would have thought that the first superhero film with a extremely dominant people of color cast would be shaping up to be a major success? Black Panther has been emanating great excitement since day one. The cast, director, and team of production and costume artists all seemed like the right fit for each other when it came to delivering T’Challa’s first solo film. It turns out this may just be the case for just this week Fandango announced that the film was outselling all previous superhero films on the site’s pre-sales. The site then confirmed that the film has been the top seller for consecutive days now even though opening day is still two weeks away.
Earlier box office tracking from January estimated the film to make around $100-$120 million on its opening weekend. After the amazing buzz from the Los Angeles premier this week- the estimates have now jumped to $150 million.
Two years ago the President’s Day weekend record was broken by Deadpool at $152 million. Fifty Shades of Grey holds the number two spot for this holiday weekend with $93 million. Black Panther will easily surpass the second place record, but will it beat Deadpool for the President’s Day weekend crown? It seems fitting that a film about a king would be the one to do so. If the early buzz proves to be as amazing as it seems, then the film could surpass expectations. There has never really been a comicbook film of this social caliber before.
Marvel Studios does not seem like it will be slowing down any time soon with their 18th film striving for box office greatness. One can only imagine how much Avengers: Infinity War is going to make in the summer. For now one should should just plan ahead to President’s Day weekend. With the four day weekend at hand, how many times should one see Black Panther? Twice or even more? The answer will be clear soon enough.
Black Panther releases in theaters on February 16th, 2018
Black Panther – After the death of his father, T’Challa returns home to the African nation of Wakanda to take his rightful place as king. When a powerful enemy suddenly reappears, T’Challa’s mettle as king — and as Black Panther — gets tested when he’s drawn into a conflict that puts the fate of Wakanda and the entire world at risk. Faced with treachery and danger, the young king must rally his allies and release the full power of Black Panther to defeat his foes and secure the safety of his people.
Directed by Ryan Coogler, Black Panther stars Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o, Forest Whitaker, Andy Serkis, and Martin Freeman.