Deadline reports that in the first 24 hours Black Panther sold more advance tickets on Fandango than any other MCU film. Tickets went on sale Monday evening to coincide with the new trailer and Kendrick Lamar's performance during the National Championship game. Advanced ticket sales don't necessarily mean Black Panther will hit that number - the box office in February is typically below May's - but between the buzz and its release over the extended Presidents Day weekend, Panther figures to debut to some damn good numbers.
Black Panther: Long Live the King #3 art by Mario DelPennio and Chris O'Halloran.
The movie which takes place after the events of Captain America: Civil War, finds T'Challa (Boseman) returning to Wakanda following the death of his father to succeed the throne as king. Black Panther opens on February 16, which is part of the four-day President's Day holiday weekend and adjacent to Valentine's Day which falls on a Wednesday this year. Marvel's Black Panther is the second-most anticipated film of 2018, behind only Avengers: Infinity War.
Black Panther has always been practically guaranteed to be a hit.
Black Panther benefits from not being restricted by an R-rating, and having an even more promising built-in audience than any previous Marvel movies.
Black Panther, directed by Ryan Coogler, stars Chadwick Boseman, Michael B Jordan and Lupita Nyong'o. Additional cast members include Letitia Wright ("Urban Hymn", "Glasgow Girls"), Winston Duke ("Person of Interest, "Modern Family"), Florence Kasumba ("Captain America: Civil War", "Emerald City"), Sterling K. Brown ("Whiskey Tango Foxtrot", "The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story") and John Kani ("Captain America: Civil War", "Coriolanus")".