Black Panther seems to be a guaranteed hit.
According to early ticket data, Black Panther is on track to becoming one of the biggest movies in the Marvel superhero franchise. Deadline reports that as of tickets going on sale Monday, Black Panther is selling admissions at a rate unheard of even for Marvel movies, let alone a movie debuting on President’s Day weekend.
After tickets went on sale Monday night, Black Panther is already outstripping Captain America: Civil War as Fandango’s best-selling MCU title in the first 24 hours of presales. Captain America: Civil War kicked off the opening of summer 2016 during the first weekend of May with $179M.
Deadline points out that advance ticket sales do not necessarily reflect a box-office hit. Currently, box office tracking has Black Panther doing between $80 and $85 million, although some think it has an outside shot at $100 million.
It is important to point out that the last time we saw this was Deadpool, which earned $132 in a weekend on the way to $360 million in the United States alone. And Black Panther does not have a ton of competition that weekend, with only Aardman’s caveman-soccer movie Early Man and the faith-based action movie Samson in theaters, and Fifty Shades Freed from the previous weekend. But no matter what, it appears Black Panther will open to packed theaters. Really it’s just a question of whether you’ll be able to find a seat.
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