Disney and Marvel’s Black Panther had a killer opening weekend. The film clawed out a $192 million three-day opener with $227 million in receipts projected over four days. (The four-day number is an estimate, with some in the industry saying it will be closer to $222 million, and others betting it will top $230 million).
That’s the fifth-largest opening of all time, and was the largest opening for an African American director by far, previously held by F. Gary Gray for The Fate of the Furious, which brought in $98 million.
- According to ComScore, 37% of the audience was African American, 35% Caucasian, 18% Hispanic and 5% Asian. About 95% of respondents gave it a thumbs up, meaning Black Panther likely has legs to grow for weeks, according to CinemaScore, which gave it an A+.
- By end of day Friday, Black Panther was already the highest-grossing title in history at 33 AMC Theaters. By Saturday, that number climbed to 80. Black Panther easily scored the top February opening of all time.
- The $200 million Ryan Coogler-helmed film stars Chadwick Boseman as T’Challa/Black Panther alongside Lupita Nyong’o, Michael B. Jordan, Daniel Kaluuya, Letitia Wright, Winston Duke, Angela Bassett, Forest Whitaker and Andy Serkis.
- Sony’s Peter Rabbit came in second with $17 million over three days, and an 11-day cume of $53.2 million. Universal’s threequel Fifty Shades Freed is coming in with $17.3 million over three days.