Anyone with half a brain could've told you that Black Panther was going to be huge — the ticket pre-sale numbers alone smashed box office records weeks before the Marvel superhero movie even hit cinemas. But just how big is Black Panther? Hold on to your jaw, because the numbers are insane.
Like a vibranium spear tearing through, well, pretty much anything, the Ryan Coogler-directed film exploded into cinemas this weekend with an estimated $192 million, in the US, over its first three days. Combine that with the $169 million Black Panther has raked in internationally since Thursday, and you'll have around $360 million worldwide (comScore predicts global ticket sales will be closer to $387 million by Monday). It looks like we aren't the only ones obsessed with Chadwick Boseman's badass superhero.
Thanks to the President's Day holiday in the US on Monday, Disney is projecting that number will only grow. At the moment, they're estimating it will roughly make $218 million domestically over the four-day weekend, likely setting a new Marvel record. Currently The Avengers holds the top spot for the biggest opening in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, since it pulled in $207.4 million in its first three days in cinemas. Outside of the MCU, the domestic record-holder for a February release was Deadpool, which opened with $159 million over President's Day weekend in 2016.
The release of Black Panther has been a cultural sensation, with many showing up to cinemas in gorgeous outfits celebrating the film, its fictional African country of Wakanda, and the importance of having a mainstream superhero film with an almost entirely black cast. Thanks to movies like this one, as well as 2017's Summer comedy smash Girls Trip, the Hollywood myth that movies celebrating black culture won't do well overseas (or do well, period) is hopefully good and dead. All hail King T'Challa.