The days creep ever closer to the middle of February, and the wide premiere of Marvel Studios’ Black Panther, now palpably the most highly-anticipated chapter of the decade-long MCU. Some embittered quarters from the fandom of the rival DCEU from Warner Bros. and DC may have plans to ruin the film’s user score on review aggregate site Rotten Tomatoes, but there’s really nothing more they could to to deny the advance ticket sales figures.
We’ve earlier reported how the advance tickets sold on the first day for Black Panther have already surpassed all films with a Marvel superhero, after going past the figure set by Captain America: Civil War. Now however, the movie’s about to become the topmost superhero film ever in terms of advance ticket sales by surpassing the previous record-holder, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. This installment of the DCEU had been the champion in advance box-office earnings, even if the eventual audience reception fell short.
By now the predictions by movie analysts is that Black Panther will definitely meet the opening-weekend watermark of over $100 million in the box office, a remarkable achievement for a film released in February, outside the summer and holiday blockbuster periods. Here, it has the potential to go toe to toe with the record of another runaway hit February superhero premiere, that of 20th Century Fox’s Deadpool. The Ryan Reynolds starrer raked $132 million in its opening weekend back in 2016.
Certain factors that may help this MCU installment break the February box office is the fact that it’s a film directed by an African-American, with a mostly African-American cast, premiering on Black History Month. The powerful reception of these luminaries during the January 29 world premiere of Black Panther at the Dolby Theater speaks volumes for its socio-cultural appeal. We’ll see you these forecasts fare on February 16, the US premiere.