‘Black Panther’ pounces to box office glory over holiday weekend

‘Black Panther’ pounces to box office glory over holiday

Los Angeles (Reuters): Disney and Marvel Studios’ Black Panther exploded at the Presidents Day box office, bounding to a record-shattering estimate of $192 million for the three-day weekend and a projected $218 million-plus for the four-day holiday frame.

That’s the biggest February opening weekend ever, the biggest solo superhero launch (we can expect Deadpool to comment later this week), the biggest holiday opening (bigger than the $200m Wed-Sun opening of Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen in 2009), the biggest Fri-Mon launch (bigger than the $153m Fri-Mon opening of Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End in 2007) and the biggest non-sequel launch of all time.

The weekend isn’t over, however, and Black Panther could climb even higher. Many rival studios show a four-day total of $222 million to $225 million, as well as a higher three-day total in the $195 million range.

Playing in 4,020 theaters, Black Panther was fueled by a diverse audience. According to comScore, 37 percent of ticket buyers were African-American.

Here’s your top five at the box office for the three-day total:

  1. Black Panther, $192M
  2. Peter Rabbit,$17.3M
  3. Fifty Shades Freed, $16.9M
  4. Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle, $7.9M
  5. The 15:17 to Paris, $7.7M

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