Black Panther is making box office history

It’s the largest February opening in history.

February 18, 2018
<i>Black Panther</i> is making box office history Csosplayers watch the film 'Black Panther' in 3D during Movie Jabbers Black Panther Cosplay Screening in Nairobi, Kenya, on February 14, 2018. YASUYOSHI CHIBA / Getty Images  

The opening weekend of Black Panther has felt like there has never been more hype for a movie, especially a Marvel movie. And according to box office numbers that hype is translating into a record breaking weekend. According to Variety, Black Panther is the largest opening film in February, and the fifth largest opening weekend overall.

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With a projected $235 million dollar opening in the four-day weekend, it nearly doubled January box office expectations. It is also the largest opening weekend for a black director, surpassing Straight Outta Compton from 2015, according to Buzzfeed. The film is predicted to earn a global total of $404 million dollars in its opening four days.

This post was updated on Monday, February 19 at 11:46 a.m. EST to reflect adjusted box office projections for Black Panther.

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