Black Panther Makes History at Holiday Box Office + Debuts at #1 with $361 Million Worldwide
And the numbers are in! Disney and Marvel‘s Black Panther has managed to debut at #1 at the weekend box office with a super-heroic $218 million over the course of the 4-day President’s Day weekend at 4,020 North American locations and $361 million worldwide.
The Ryan-Coogler directed film has doubled its original tracking in less than a month. The film, which carries an estimated $200 million production cost, had been tracking to bring in between an impressive $100 and $120 million when first estimates emerged on Jan. 25. Since then, Black Panther has become a must-see movie for many moviegoers, underlined when Thursday previews brought in $25.2 million, the largest Thursday night preview gross for a February opener and the second-largest preview gross for a Marvel film.
Black Panther has demolished the record for the largest Presidents Day weekend, blowing past Deadpool’s 2016 mark of $152 million.
Upon its release, Black Panther earned an approval rating of 97% on Rotten Tomatoes based on 290 reviews, with an average rating of 8.2/10. The website’s critical consensus reads, “Black Panther elevates superhero cinema to thrilling new heights while telling one of the MCU’s most absorbing stories—and introducing some of its most fully realized characters.”
Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film an average grade of “A+” on an A+ to F scale, the second superhero film to receive that grade after Marvel‘s own The Avengers.
Chadwick Boseman portrays King T’Challa, ruler of Wakanda, a technologically advanced society, who conflicts with Michael B. Jordan’s Eric Killmonger, who intends to take over the throne. Letitia Wright, Lupita Nyong’o, Angela Bassett, Danai Gurira, and Daniel Kaluuya also star.
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