Black Panther – directed by Ryan Coogler – hit cinemas on the 16th of February and has being hailed as one of the best MCU films to date. And with a current Rotten Tomatoes score of 97 percent, it is one of the highest-rated superhero films of all-time. Taking those reviews into account, its clear that it is on its way to box office glory. At the moment, Black Panther is on $702 million on box office. That puts it ahead of many films on the chart and on its way to set multiple new records.
Black Panther is now the highest-rated Marvel movie of all-time (according to Rotten Tomatoes), including those from other studios. Its currently on 97 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, with Iron Man 1 in second place at 94 percent and Logan in third place at 93 percent. Although Black Panther’s ratings may fluctuate with time, it should maintain its lead above all the other Marvel movies.
Also, with a continuous score of 97/98 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, it is currently the highest-rated superhero movie of all-time on review-aggregate, surpassing 2004s The Incredibles (97%).
Pre-sales were not only high but they got higher as the films release date got close. On Fandango, Black Panther outpaced all superhero films particularly Marvel and DC films for most ticket pre-sales. The previous record-holder was Zack Snyder’s Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice.
It also led in ticket pre-sales on Fandango for all first quarter films (January through March). That includes recent blockbuster releases such as 2012s The Hunger Games and 2017s Beauty and the Beast.
Black Panther has broken yet another MCU record, beating The Avengers for the best first week at the box office in the MCU. While Avengers: Infinity War will be the film to beat this year, it may just end up in second place when the dust settles. And just from what its pulled in so far, its already pushed the MCU to $14 billion globally.
It is racing towards one of the best totals for any superhero movie and will settle near the top of the MCU.
Thanks to Thursdays numbers, Black Panther now has the best first week of any MCU film. It sits at $292M in North America. With that total, its now well past the $270M The Avengers earned in its first 7 days.
Even with a steep drop-off in its second week, the film seems destined to pass the coveted $1 billion mark.
More than just a movie praised by audiences and critics, Black Panther has become a cultural phenomenon. Though a relatively obscure character out of comic circles before Captain America: Civil War, Black Panther’s first solo film opened bigger than any MCU film not featuring Tony Stark. From its outstanding cast and crew to its unique look and setting to the representation its given marginalized groups, its clear that audiences the world over cant get enough of Wakanda.