After slicing through Captain America: Civil War's presale record, then ascending to the top of the superhero throne by usurping Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice only a few weeks later, Black Panther is back breaking another box office record before it’s even opened to the public.
The critically lauded film (which sits at 100% on Rotten Tomatoes) has held the nation in the palm of its clawed hand since long before the Super Bowl, and now it’s the fastest pre-selling first-quarter movie ever on Fandango.
Beating out previous record holders like last year’s live-action adaptation of Disney's Beauty and the Beast and 2012’s first entry in the Hunger Games YA franchise, Black Panther is on the road to success — and there’s still over a week before it premieres.
While Ryan Reynolds' metatextual superhero movie Deadpool currently holds the record for top February box office weekend at $132.4 million, Black Panther’s most conservative opening estimate is $130 million.
With massive word-of-mouth potential — coupled with critical love and a multimedia onslaught catering to key demographics — the sky’s the limit for the film's actual pull, although experts are currently capping expectations at around $150 million for the film's Presidents Day weekend debut.
Only a true visit to Wakanda will tell, which can only happen when the film comes out on Feb. 16.