Well, that didn’t take long. Though it’s probably felt like one for a fortnight or two, now that Black Panther has finally opened, we can officially call it a hit. Mazel tov!
No longer are we discussing box-office predictions, oh no, because thanks to Thursday previews, Black Panther raked in a cool $25.2 million. According to The Wrap, that “blows by the record for the biggest pre-summer preview ever.”
Pre ... summer ... preview … okay, got it. That record was apparently being held by The Hunger Games’ $19.7 million preview in March 2012. And that movie proved to be so financially successful they had to make two movies out of one for the final installment.
Furthermore, Black Panther also reportedly had the second best Marvel preview ever -- pre-summer, mid-summer, or post-summer, or even fall or winter for that matter. Again according to The Wrap, only 2015’s Avengers: Age of Ultron made more scratch than that, with a mighty $26.7 million.
So the future definitely looks bright for Black Panther, particularly for this weekend, which at last uptick seemed to be prognosticated in the megahit range upwards of $180 million for the four-day President’s Day weekend.
A great preview doesn’t always translate to a marvelous weekend, but if those predictions hold close to true, Black Panther will have broken Deadpool’s February box-office record of $152 million in 2016. In case you’re keeping track, the Merc With the Mouth made $12.7 in previews, roughly half of what Ryan Coogler's first Marvel film just took in.
Add to that the fact that Black Panther became the fourth biggest pre-seller in Fandango history, falling in just behind Disney’s three Star Wars films; and it’s competing with Age of Ultron and Captain America: Civil War for biggest IMAX preview in history; and it’s already racked up $47 million abroad!
Yeah, we’re pretty sure we can officially call it a hit now. What do you think?