Despite having the fortunate timing of Presidents Day allotting it to actually open during a four-day weekend, it’s three-day total was impressive enough. Black Panther (read our review HERE) is now the fifth highest weekend opener of all time, crawling its way past Disney’s wildest projections (which were the mid-low 100 million’s) and coming in Sunday night at an estimated $201 million. Including Monday’s holiday, experts are predicting the film could end up at $218 million.
The eighteenth film in the MCU now keeps company with Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Jurassic World, and The Avengers in the top five. Fun fact, eight out of the 10 highest weekend openers are Disney with only the aforementioned Jurassic World and Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows Part II being from Universal and Warner Bros., respectively. Black Panther actually surpassed The Avengers: Age of Ultron by $1 million, a feat in of itself for it being a solo film; the solo MCU film record before was Ironman 3 raking in $174 million.
January and February have for so many years been seen as a “dumping ground” for subpar movies, something that studios have come to take advantage of. The February weekend record was held by Deadpool, which not only held that title but also the highest opening for an R-rated film at $132 million. Of course, Black Panther blew that out of the water (February, not R-rated, although we’d love to see that Black Panther movie). Not only was Deadpool dethroned, but the previous holder of the highest pre-summer weekend was Beauty and The Beast at $174 million.
Who knows when the money machine will stop. Stellar reviews and an “A+” cinemascore will surely help its legs. Black Panther is now in theatres everywhere.
Source: Box Office Mojo – ‘Black Panther’ Delivers Fifth Largest Opening of All-Time, Heading Toward $218M+ 4-Day Debut