'Black Panther' Is Killing It At The Box Office

After its first full weekend in theaters, the figures are in for Black Panther – and it's seriously good news. Smashing it at the US box office, Marvel Comic's eighteenth film has gone way beyond expectations earning a whopping $192 million in just three days compared to a predicted $170 million. 

Chadwick Boseman, aka Black Panther. (Photo: Marvel)

After enjoying massive success over the weekend, the movie's takings in the US are expected to rocket to around $218.2 million by the end of President's Day. Here are just some of the records the film has already beaten:

  • Black Panther is the top-grossing feature by a black director (Ryan Coogler). Up to now, F. Gary Gary held the record for Fast & Furious 8 which took $98 million in April 2017.  
  • It has also beaten Deadpool ($152.1 million in 2016) to become the highest-grossing film on February opening weekend.
  • It also had the fifth most successful opening weekend ever just behind Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Jurassic World and The Avengers.

Beyond the $192 million earned in the US, the movie also gathered $170 million across the rest of the world. Analysts expect this total figure to reach an estimated $387 million by the end of the day. In the UK, day one takings reached a total of £2.6 million (about $3.7 million). 

Directed by Ryan Coogler (Creed), the film, which features a largely black cast, sees superhero T'Challa (Chadwick Boseman) return to his African kingdom Wakanda to assume the throne following the death of his father. The movie also stars Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong'o, Martin Freeman, Andy Serkis and Forest Whitaker.

By Louis Lepron, published on 19/02/2018