“Black Panther” Heading Toward Massive $170 Million-Plus Opening

Disney-Marvel’s Black Panther is gaining momentum with forecasts estimating as much as $170 million during the four-day President’s Day weekend, updated tracking shows. That’s significantly above the first tracking on Jan. 25 for the tentpole, which initially placed the debut in the $100 million to $120 million range for the Feb. 16-19 period. Black Panther should break the Presidents Day weekend record of $152 million, set in 2016 by Deadpool. It will easily top the second-highest debut for  the four-day holiday, set in 2015 when Fifty Shades of Grey opened with $93 million. The superhero tentpole, starring Chadwick Boseman, opens Feb. 16 in more than 4,000 theaters, including 3,300 3D locations and more than 400 Imax screens. Previews begin at 7 p.m. on Feb. 15. Screenings start Tuesday in a trio of international markets in the UK, Hong Kong, and Taiwan followed by Wednesday launches in France, Italy, Korea, Belgium, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Indonesia. Most other markets will be open this weekend, followed by Russia on Feb. 22, Japan on March 1 and China on March 9.  We are so proud of all the success this movie is obtaining and can’t wait to check it out! 

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