'Black Panther' Shatters Box Office Records with $218 Million Debut

20 February, 2018, 20:03 | Author: Julio Duncan
  • Marvel Studios BLACK PANTHER..L to R Erik Killmonger and T'Challa  Black Panther

On the worldwide market the film grossed $169 million, estimating a global debut of $361 million through Sunday.

For the superhero genre, "Black Panther" is the second largest opening ever behind Marvel's "The Avengers", and the largest ever for a movie featuring a standalone character.

Analysts had expected "Black Panther" to arrive to about $165 million in North American ticket sales, which would itself have been an astounding result for a release outside the holiday and summer corridors.

The four-day weekend obliterates the President's Day record set just a year ago by Fox's "Deadpool", which earned $152 million over four days. It also brought in USD169 million overseas for a massive USD361 million global debut this weekend.


Black Panther clawed past previous record-holder Deadpool's 2016 mark of $152 million.

It tells the story of T'Challa, described by Marvel as "righteous king, noble Avenger", who rules the fictional and technologically-rich African nation of Wakanda and finds his leadership put to the test.

Boseman stars opposite Michael B Jordan, Lupita Nyongo, Danai Gurira, Letitia Wright, Andy Serkis, Martin Freeman, Forest Whitaker, Daniel Kaluuya and Angela Bassett. It's received an A+ CinemaScore, the only Marvel film to have done so besides 2012's "The Avengers". But this is a four-day weekend in the United States due to President's Day that is held in honour of George Washington. Based on the novel of the same name, "Fifty Shades Freed" is an erotic romantic film directed by James Foley and stars Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan as Anastasia Steele and Christian Grey respectively. Grey. Its Friday through Sunday total ($16 million) marks a 57 percent decline from its opening weekend. The Sidharth Malhotra-starrer has gathered Rs 11.70 crore in first three days.

Nick Park's "Early Man" opened softly this weekend in the U.S.in the seventh slot with $4.2 million from 2,494 North American locations.

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