Marvel's Black Panther storms to record-breaking opening weekend

Peter Castro
February 20, 2018

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

The previous record-holder was "Straight Outta Compton", which collected $214 million worldwide in 2015 over its entire run after adjusting for inflation.

When the film was envisioned, it must have been thought of as just another standalone film in MCU, but now, Black Panther is the biggest non-Avengers film in terms of press coverage and overall popularity.

If one considers a three-day opening collection, Black Panther is the fifth-largest opener of all time.

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"A new record President's weekend led by the expectation busting performance of Disney's "Black Panther" shows the sheer power of the theatrical movie-going experience", wrote movie analyst Paul Dergarabedian at comScore in an email to Xinhua. The super hero film grossed an epic $218 million over four-days. That's a global take of $361 million, or £257.6 million. It continues the story of T'Challa (Boseman) who returns to his homeland, the fictional African nation of Wakanda.

The film is not only facing competition from this one but from other Bollywood films like Deepika Padukone, Ranveer Singh and Shahid Kapoor starrer Padmaavat and Sonam Kapoor, Akshay Kumar and Radhika Apte's PadMan. The film features voice roles played by James Corden, Daisy Ridley, Margot Robbie, and Elizabeth Debicki, and live action roles played by Domhnall Gleeson, Rose Byrne, and Sam Neill.

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 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.

Nick Park's "Early Man" opened softly this weekend in the the seventh slot with $4.2 million from 2,494 North American locations.

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