Black Panther Opening Smashes Box Office Records

Breaking records set by Deadpool, Beauty and the Beast, and The Fate of the Furious.

Black Panther is breaking box office records left and right as weekend estimates in North America continue to climb for the latest entry in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

The film is estimated to make $192 million over its first three days at the domestic box office and somewhere between $218 million and $222 million over the four-day Presidents Day weekend. This puts the film well ahead of Deadpool’s 2016 record of $152 million, setting a new for both Presidents Day weekend and the month of February.

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On top of that, Black Panther has surpassed Beauty and the Beasts’ $174 million record for the biggest pre-summer opening weekend of all time, as well as Iron Man 3’s record as the highest grossing solo superhero movie in history. The Ryan Coogler-directed film also broke the record for the biggest debut for a film by a black director, soaring well past F. Gary Gray’s The Fate of the Furious, which opened to $98.8 million last year.

Additionally, the film is on pace to surpass Avengers: Age of Ultron with the fifth highest opening of all time, behind Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Jurassic World, and The Avengers.

Black Panther received an A+ CinemaScore, making it and The Avengers the only two MCU films to earn such a high score from moviegoers. The film cost an estimated $200 million to produce and had the MCU’s second best preview night box office. Check out IGN’s Black Panther review for our thoughts on why it “delivers the goods as an adventure film, a political statement, and a cultural celebration.”

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Here are estimates for the top 10 releases at the North American box office this three-day weekend, according to comScore:

1. Black Panther $192 million

2. Peter Rabbit $17.3 million

3. Fifty Shades Freed $16.9 million

4. Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle $7.9 million

5. The 15:17 to Paris $7.7 million

6. The Greatest Showman $5.1 million

7. Early Man $3.2 million

8. Maze Runner: The Death Cure $2.5 million

9. Winchester $2.2 million

10. Samson $2 million

Alex Osborn is a freelance writer for IGN. Find him on Twitter at @alexcosborn.


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