‘Black Panther’ Poised For Biggest February Opening ($150M) In Movie History, Tune In Monday On Twitter To Meet The Cast

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“Black Panther” is poised to make box office history next week, giving Disney’s Marvel Studios movies a path forward as it prepares to retire its core superhero franchises.   The movie is generating enormous buzz, confounding the conventional wisdom among Hollywood gatekeepers that billion-dollar franchises have to be anchored by white male actors.  And tomorrow, Monday, February 12, at 6:30 PM ET – tune in on Twitter for the cast meet and greet.

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“Black Panther” is helmed by rising African-American director Ryan Coogler, and stars Chadwick Boseman in the title role. He is backed by an overwhelmingly black cast that follows the rise of T’Challa, the leader of the fictional African country Wakanda, who operates as the masked protector of a secretive and highly technologically advanced nation.

“Black Panther” is currently tracking for a $150 million President’s Day weekend opening, rack taking aim at the current record holder, “Deadpool.” In 2016, the R-rated superhero breakout hit earned $152 million over four days, setting a record for a February release.

 

Given the $132 million three-day haul for “Deadpool,” “Black Panther” looks like it will breeze into the top 15 best superhero movie debuts.

 

BoxOffice.com projects it will earn $140-$150 million in the Friday-Sunday window, enough to crack into the top 10 and put Black Panther in the same big screen league as Iron Man, Spider-Man and Batman.

 

“Black Panther” is already on pace to top pre-sales for all superhero movies through online ticket-seller Fandango. A study by marketing tech firm Amobee indicates it’s the most anticipated movie of 2018.

 

Written By: Tommy Lightfoot Garrett
Photographs are Courtesy:  Disney/Marvel
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