A star-studded cast, hit trailer (that outpaced the likes of the Star Wars movies), and hype-drawing soundtrack all seem to set Marvel’s Black Panther up for greatness. The film features Lupita Nyong’o and Michael B. Jordan as key players locked in a Wakandan drama alongside its focus: Chadwick Boseman’s Black Panther, King T’Challa. T’Challa was introduced as a game-changing hero influencing the battles, politics, and resolutions of Captain America: Civil War.
Now, director Ryan Coogler’s addition to the Marvel Cinematic Universe (and the character's first solo outing) is the last piece in the puzzle before the universe debuts its all-encompassing Avengers: Infinity War, and Black Panther has already smashed through one superhero record, according to Fandango's Erik Davis:
Yes, in its first day of ticket presales, Black Panther has toppled Civil War for the No. 1 spot among MCU films. That predicts huge first-weekend returns for the solo superhero film, as Civil War was stuffed with enough members of the MCU that it basically functioned (artistically and economically) as an Avengers film. That sets Black Panther up for Avengers-like numbers with a singular focus.
Some on Twitter drew comparisons between Black Panther’s prospective success and 2017’s black-led-and-driven box office surprises, making the case that a superhero film created by, and speaking to, the cinematically underserved demographic would do big business:
In a statement to SYFY WIRE, Fandango's Davis said: “Black Panther is riding an incredible wave of momentum right now. It’s one of the biggest and most anticipated movies to ever open in the month of February, and its trailers have electrified the internet. Tickets have been going fast ever since presales started on Fandango late Monday."
Black Panther opens on Feb. 16.