Earlier this month, Marvel's upcoming "Black Panther" flick broke advance ticket sales records, proving that fans are eager to pounce on the flick when it hits theaters in February. And now, early tracking suggests that it will be ready to break some records at the box office, too.
Several trades are reporting that the flick is currently projected to make at least $100 million on its opening weekend, with some estimates pegging it closer to $120 million. Those numbers are in keeping with the two most recent MCU outings, "Spider-Man: Homecoming" and "Thor: Ragnarok," which pulled in $117 million and $122 million, respectively, when they opening in July and November of 2017.
"Black Panther" is slated to open over President's Day weekend, and some trackers are saying that the film could break $150 million over that four-day period, vying with fellow President's Day holiday release "Deadpool." That Ryan Reynolds flick made a whopping $152.1 million back in 2016.
Marvel films are always expected to perform well on opening weekend, but the buzz around "Black Panther" feels different. Based on its ticket presales alone, audiences are clearly excited about this film, leading Collider to speculate that it could easily approach the $150 million mark -- and that could be on the low end of its final opening haul.
We'll find out soon enough. "Black Panther" hits theaters on February 16.
After the death of his father, T'Challa returns home to the African nation of Wakanda to take his rightful place as king. When a powerful enemy suddenly reappears, T'Challa's mettle as king -- and as Black Panther -- gets tested when he's drawn into a conflict that puts the fate of Wakanda and the entire world at risk. Faced with treachery and danger, the young king must rally his allies and release the full power of Black Panther to defeat his foes and secure the safety of his people. Read More