Black Panther Sets box office records
Black Panther sets opening weekend record with $192m ticket sales
The movie had the fifth-biggest opening weekend ever in North America, suggesting it will set a record for films directed by a black filmmaker
Sun 18 Feb 2018 18.11 GMT Last modified on Sun 18 Feb 2018 22.00 GMT
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A scene from Black Panther.
A scene from Black Panther. Photograph: Matt Kennedy/AP
Already a much-celebrated pop-culture milestone, Black Panther is now a record-setting smash at the box office, too.
The Marvel superhero film blew past expectations, with $192m in ticket sales in North America over the weekend, according to studio estimates Sunday. That makes Black Panther the fifth-biggest opening weekend ever, not accounting for inflation.
The only films with a higher grossing opening weekend are Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Jurassic World and The Avengers. It’s also the highest-grossing February opening weekend.
All hail the King of Wakanda! declared the Walt Disney Co while reporting Sunday’s estimates.
The studio forecasts a four-day holiday weekend of $218m in the US and Canada, and a global debut of $361m. Though the film’s international footprint doesn’t include several of the largest markets – China, Russia, Japan – it still ranks among the top 15 global debuts ever.
Ryan Coogler’s film, which cost about $200m to make, is the most big-budget, largely black ensemble film in years and among the few to be centered on a black superhero. The strong opening suggests Black Panther will easily set a box-office record for films directed by a black filmmaker.
Chadwick Boseman stars as T’Challa/Black Panther in the first stand-alone film for the superhero created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby in 1966. The cast also features Michael B Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o, Daniel Kaluuya and Letitia Wright.
According to comScore, 37% of moviegoers were African American.
The movie has been hugely acclaimed, with a 97% fresh rating from Rotten Tomatoes. Audiences agreed, giving it an A-plus CinemaScore.