Disney says 'Black Panther' is raking it in

Kelvin Reese
February 20, 2018

Marvel Studios' Black Panther has enjoyed a record-breaking first weekend, making more than $360m worldwide and $192m at the USA box office: the second biggest opening week haul ever for a superhero movie.

In second place, Sony's animated adventure comedy film "Peter Rabbit" took in an estimated USD17.25 million in its second weekend.

A man dressed in a Black Panther costume came into the theater before the movie started.

Analysts had expected "Black Panther" to arrive to about $165 million in North American ticket sales, which would itself have been an astounding result for a release outside the holiday and summer corridors.

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Its three-day opening is the fifth largest in history, and over America's four-day holiday weekend it is expected to reach a total of $218m from U.S. audiences alone - a total that is already guaranteed to top the previous President's Day record, also held by Deadpool. It took in $192 million in the first three-days.

The film has proved popular across other Asian nations, beating the entire run of the Guardians of the Galaxy movie in Hong Kong, India, Korea, Malaysia, The Philippines, Taiwan and Thailand, Variety said.

Internationally, Black Panther has already earned $47 million after three days in 40 global markets. It also features Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong'o, Danai Gurira, Letitita Wright, Sterling K. Brown, as well as Forest Whitaker and Angela Bassett. But this is a four-day weekend in the United States due to President's Day that is held in honour of George Washington.

The second weekend of Universal's "Fifty Shades Freed" follows in third with $18 million from 3,768 locations for the Friday through Monday period. The film has earned $161 million worldwide in its first eight days. The movie, starring the three men who stopped an attempted 2015 terrorist attack on a European train, is projected to have grossed almost $27 million domestically in 11 days.

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