Marvel’s first film directed by an African-American, “Black Panther” stole the weekend in an estimated $201.8 million for its three-day debut in North America this weekend. That’s the fifth biggest opening of all time. It also grossed one the highest totrals in UK cinema in UK and Ireland.
‘Black Panther’ exceeded even the grandest box office expectations while simultaneously breaking down cinematic barriers and marking a turning point in the evolution of the genre
The Superhero film starring Chadwick Boseman and Michael B. Jordan did not just shatter expectations, it broke multiple box office records too.
The record-breaking weekend is watershed moment for Hollywood. With “Black Panther” reaching box office heights that have eluded other African-American titles, the film’s totals could impact change in the industry by encouraging diversity in front of and behind the camera.
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— Diddy (@Diddy) February 16, 2018
“Black Panther” also shattered the record for an opening in February, which belonged to “Deadpool,” the R-rated superhero film from 20th Century Fox that brought in $132 million when it opened in 2016.
It is the second biggest opening for a Marvel Studios film, behind 2012’s “The Avengers.” It out paced other huge hits like “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” “Captain America: Civil War” and “Iron Man 3.” It is the studio’s 18th straight number one opening.
Turns out the extremely well deserved hype is translating into dollar bills.
Boasting a £2.67 million in ticket sales on it’s opening day of February 13, Black Panther is now the highest-grossing single day movie at the UK box office this year.
The Box Office review mirrors the critical acclaim of the groundbreaking movie, with Black Panther gaining a 98% rating on Rotten Tomatoes despite a disputing campaign to bring the score down.
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