Black Panther opens big with $25.2 million at Thursday previews
Marvel Studios‘ Black Panther opened big with an estimated $25.2 million at Thursday previews, nearly doubling the previous February record of $12.7 million held by Deadpool and landing as the second-biggest preview gross for a Marvel Studios title, ahead of Captain America: Civil War ($25 million) and behind only Avengers: Age of Ultron ($27.6 million).
Internationally, Black Panther has earned a strong $47 million in its first three days. It began rolling out Feb. 13 in three material markets (UK, Hong Kong, Taiwan), followed by an additional 14 on Feb. 14 and 23 more on Feb. 15. Today, in addition to its North American debut, Black Panther opens in Spain, Mexico, Finland, India, and South Africa.
The top international territories include: UK ($10.1M); Korea ($9.5M); Taiwan ($2.4M); France ($2.3M); Australia ($2.3M); Brazil ($1.9M); Malaysia ($1.9M); Hong Kong ($1.7M); Thailand ($1.7M); Indonesia ($1.6M); Philippines ($1.4M); Germany ($1.0M); and Singapore ($1.0M); Other ($8.2M).
Marvel Studios’ Black Panther follows T’Challa who, after the death of his father, the King of Wakanda, returns home to the isolated, technologically advanced African nation to succeed to the throne and take his rightful place as king. But when a powerful old enemy reappears, T’Challa’s mettle as king—and Black Panther—is tested when he is drawn into a formidable conflict that puts the fate of Wakanda and the entire world at risk. Faced with treachery and danger, the young king must rally his allies and release the full power of Black Panther to defeat his foes and secure the safety of his people and their way of life.
The Ryan Coogler-directed film stars Chadwick Boseman, Danai Gurira, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o, Martin Freeman, Daniel Kaluuya, Letitia Wright, Winston Duke, Angela Bassett, Forest Whitaker, and Andy Serkis.
The film is produced by Kevin Feige with Louis D’Esposito, Victoria Alonso, Nate Moore, Jeffrey Chernov and Stan Lee serving as executive producers. Ryan Coogler & Joe Robert Cole wrote the screenplay, based on the Marvel Comics character who made his debut in 1966 during Stan Lee and Jack Kirby’s epochal Fantastic Four run.