Black Panther Sets February Thursday Night Previews Record
Black Panther got off to a strong start thanks to its Thursday night previews. The film raked in a hefty sum of $25.2 million at the U.S. box office on February 15, not only doubling Deadpool's previous February preview record of $12.7 million but also becoming one of the highest-grossing previews ever for a superhero film. Black Panther passed Captain America: Civil War ($25 million) to score the second-highest preview gross for a Marvel movie - behind only Avengers: Age of Ultron ($27.6 million) - and the fourth highest for a superhero film, behind The Dark Knight Rises ($30.6 million), Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice ($27.7 million), and the aforementioned Avengers film.
Black Panther Opening Day Gross Tops All Non-Team-Up Films
Black Panther continued to rake in big bucks following its preview night. On opening day - Friday, February 17 - Black Panther grossed an estimated $75.81 million, thus topping Deadpool's $47.3 million to set a new February opening day record. But that's not what's most impressive about that number. Black Panther also topped Captain America: Civil War and The Dark Knight Rises to secure the eighth spot on the chart of highest-grossing opening days of all-time. In fact, it's only a few million dollars short of tying with 2012's The Avengers ($80.81 million). Moreover, Black Panther's number puts it on top of all non-team-up superhero films; the second closest is 2013's Iron Man 3 ($68.85 million).
Black Panther Sets February Opening Weekend Record
After topping the competition on Thursday and Friday, Black Panther went all the way and set a new box office record, one that most likely won't be topped for a long time to come. Black Panther earned a whopping $192 million at the domestic box office, thus topping Deadpool's previous 3-day opening record of $132.4 million. (It also tops Deadpool's 4-day gross of $152.1 million, which opened this same weekend two years ago.) As if that wasn't enough, Black Panther also topped Avengers: Age of Ultron ($191.2 million) to score the fifth highest-grossing opening weekend of all-time, behind only The Avengers ($207.4 million), Jurassic World ($208.8 million), Star Wars: The Last Jedi ($220 million), and Star Wars: The Force Awakens ($247.96 million).
It's worth noting that Black Panther's numbers are currently estimates, and the actual figures (which usually arrive Monday morning but may be delayed to Tuesday because of the holiday weekend) might come in higher, thus giving it a chance of breaking the $200 million threshold. Update: Black Panther's official opening weekend gross came in at $201.7 million.
Black Panther Has Biggest Opening For an African-American Director
Black Panther's 3-day opening weekend gross of $201.7 million is by far the biggest opening for a film by an African-American director. Ryan Coogler bested the competition by a long shot; the previous record-holder was F. Gary Gray's The Fate of the Furious, which opened to $98 million at the domestic box office in April 2017. Suffice to say, Coogler is going to hold onto that record for a long time considering that the film broke $200 million already.
Black Panther Sets Monday Box Office Record
Thanks in part to Monday, February 19 being a holiday in the U.S., Black Panther's unbelievable box office streak continued with a record-breaking Monday gross of $40.176 million at the domestic box office. That number puts Black Panther barely above J.J. Abrams' 2015 film, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which was the previous record-holder for the highest-grossing Monday with $40.110 million. Black Panther just barely edged out The Force Awakens' gross by $66,000 (unadjusted for ticket price inflation, of course). Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and The Force Awakens (again) are now in third and fourth place with $32 million and $31.36 million, respectively.
- Black Panther (2018) release date: Feb 16, 2018
- Avengers: Infinity War / The Avengers 3 (2018) release date: Apr 27, 2018
- Captain Marvel (2019) release date: Mar 08, 2019
- Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) release date: Jul 05, 2019
- The Avengers 4 / Avengers: Endgame (2019) release date: Apr 26, 2019
- Ant-Man & The Wasp (2018) release date: Jul 06, 2018