The king of Wakanda will rule over the box office by the end of this weekend and many weekends after that. Black Panther is projected to rake in a record-breaking $200 million by the end of the long President's Day weekend, shutting out any and all competition that had hopes of usurping the throne. AMC has already marked it as the theater chain's highest-grossing movie in history at 33 locations around the country, writes The Hollywood Reporter. In addition, the film has become the biggest pre-summer opening in history while simultaneously becoming the fastest-preselling Marvel movie on Fandango.
As of Friday, the Ryan Coogler-directed feature has already made over $122 million worldwide, according to Box Office Mojo. It took in a little over $75 million domestically and $47 million in overseas markets during its first day in theaters, which means making another $80 million should be a cakewalk for the 18th movie from Marvel Studios.
Universal's Fifty Shades Freed and Sony's Peter Rabbit are in second and third place with $5 million and $4 million respectively, small peanuts compared to the juggernaut that is Panther. Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle is still clinging on to a piece of the pie with just over $1 million, putting it in fifth place this weekend, behind Clint Eastwood's The 15:17 to Paris.
It seems Jumanji is finally running out of steam after dominating the box office for several weeks in a row. To date, it has raked in $889 million worldwide. Sorry, Jumanji, but a new predator from the jungle has arrived to pounce on your title, and its name is Black Panther.