Black Panther, the first chapter of the MCU being told by Marvel Studios this 2018, will not hit movie theaters worldwide until next month. However it’s already done its world premiere at Hollywood’s Dolby Theatre, where it got a standing ovation from the audience to the cast and its director.
#marvel does it again with 'Black Panther'. Very impressed with the story and filmmaking. @michaelb4jordan absolutely kills it as the villain and is the best one since Loki. Also @DanaiGurira kicks so much ass and I loved every second of it. Going to make serious $. pic.twitter.com/YBrg2x3Nnz
— Steven Weintraub (@colliderfrosty) January 30, 2018
This positive portent for a full-scale box office outing has got film analysts very interested in future prospects of Black Panther, starring Chadwick Boseman as the superhero king of the Afro-futuristic nation of Wakanda. They think it has the potential to break “sequel fatigue” in moviegoers tired of superhero movies.
#BlackPanther is simply awesome. Extremely bold and as touching as it is thrilling, it boasts GOT-style intrigue, crazy innovative action and a deep bench of memorable characters. Top 5 all-time Marvel movie, easy. More later. pic.twitter.com/mmz8Nuf1sy
— Brian Truitt (@briantruitt) January 30, 2018
Observers of the film industry have long noted Marvel Studios’ amazing skill in creating successful cinematic adaptations of even the most little-known characters from their comic book stable, but they are making great adjustments regarding their projections for Black Panther owing to the rave reception it got at its premiere.
For instance, Box Office Pro’s Shawn Robbins initially predicted a $133 million opening for Black Panther on February 16. He has since upped the starting box office take to $140 million, up to a $371-million domestic earning. In 2017, just three movies, all under Disney, broke the $140-million opening mark.
We edited our films across the hall from each other for 8 months. We talked in our edit bays, on walks around the lot. About our films, our dreams. Tonight, his comes true. On my way to the #BlackPanther premiere with a full heart for my fam, director extraordinaire #RyanCoogler! pic.twitter.com/lrxBNRsqeC
— Ava DuVernay (@ava) January 30, 2018
Disney meanwhile has given no in-house estimates on the box office standing of the latest MCU installment, though they seem fairly confident on Black Panther’s worth given that the studio will allow reviews of it to start printing ten days before the general premiere. Time will tell if they’re affirmed.