Nyong’o shared her rather pleasant sort of frustration at arriving too late to the virtual ticket counter, telling the Twitterverse in a video that her efforts at snapping up advance tickets had so far been in vain, just like many other regular theatergoers.
“It’s January 9th, and yesterday, around 10:30, the Black Panther tickets went on sale. I put it on my social media. I was so excited: ‘Get your tickets now!’ And then it occurred to me that I should get my tickets, too, so I can be there when the movie hits theaters and I can experience it with everybody,” she said.
“Fifteen minutes later — I kid you not, 15 minutes later — I was trying to purchase tickets, and they were sold out. Sold out! ... I was unable to buy tickets to see Black Panther on opening night. That’s insane!”
We believe it. Ticket service Fandango announced that advance ticket sales for Black Panther have been phenomenal, breaking the record for the Marvel Cinematic Universe film to sell the most in a 24-hour period, previously set by Captain America: Civil War.
Lest we feel too sorry for Nyong’o, who plays Wakandan operative Nakia alongside Chadwick Boseman’s T’Challa in the film, it’s nice to know she has Twitter followers who’ll come to the rescue — although she may be expected to carry her own weight when it comes to sneaking in those illicit theater snacks.
The hype is real. In a year when the MCU is getting two huge releases in a short four-month span, buzz for Black Panther may turn out to rival that for Avengers: Infinity War, a character-filled sequel that’ll surprise no one by dominating at the box office upon its May 4th release.
Directed by Ryan Coogler, Black Panther hits theaters on Feb. 16. Do you have your tickets yet?