Take that, Cap and Iron Man!
Fandago announced "Black Panther" is the best-selling Marvel Cinematic Universe movie for advance ticket sales in the first 24 hours of availability. That said, in an IMDb survey, "Black Panther" took second place on the list of most anticipated movies of 2018, behind its MCU sibling "Avengers: Infinity War." So it's very possible "Black Panther" won't hold this Marvel advance ticket sales record for long.
Chadwick Boseman stars in "Black Panther," which opens in February, three months before "Infinity War." According to Fandango, the advance tickets for "Black Panther" trumped the previous Marvel record holder, "Captain America: Civil War." (Fun fact: Black Panther/T'Challa made his debut in that movie.)
"'Black Panther' is riding an incredible wave of momentum right now," Fandango editor Erik Davis said in a statement (via TheWrap). "It's one of the biggest and most anticipated movies to ever open in the month of February, and its trailers have electrified the Internet. Tickets have been going fast ever since presales started on Fandango late Monday."
A new "Black Panther" trailer just came out on January 8, in tandem with the launch of ticket sales. The TV spot gives more attention to Michael B. Jordan's Erik Killmonger, who challenges T'Challa for rule of Wakanda. The star-studded cast also includes Lupita Nyong'o, Danai Gurira, Martin Freeman, Daniel Kaluuya, Letitia Wright, Winston Duke, Angela Bassett, Forest Whitaker, and Andy Serkis.
"Black Panther," directed by Ryan Coogler, opens in theaters on Feb. 16. Based on the first "Infinity" trailer, it's clear T'Challa and company will be back in a big way in the third "Avengers" movie, which opens May 4.
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