Marvel's highly-anticipated Black Panther was already one of the most highly-anticipated movies of 2018, with many expecting it to break box office records left and right over the President's Day holiday weekend. Early box office projections put the movie's opening weekend between $100 million and $120 million, but the movie managed to far exceed those expectations with a whopping $192.3 million, breaking the all-time February opening weekend record of $132.4 million set by 20th Century Fox's R- rated Deadpool last year. The estimate was also high enough to earn the fifth highest debut of all time, behind The Avengers ($207.4M), Jurassic World ($208.8M), Star Wars: The Last Jedi ($220M) and Star Wars: The Force Awakens ($247.9M).
Black Panther had already been making headlines for the past few weeks for a number of different reasons, one being the 100% Fresh rating it scored on Rotten Tomatoes when the first wave of reviews surfaced, although it has dipped slightly since then with the movie currently holding a 98% Fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes. It also became the fourth highest pre-seller in Fandango history, behind the last three Star Wars movies while also landing a coveted A+ rating on CinemaScore. The movie also posted a $75.8 million opening day gross, which was good enough for the eighth highest Friday opening day of all time.
While we'll have to wait until tomorrow to find out what the four-day holiday weekend estimates will be, the movie has already surpassed the $152.1 million President's Day weekend record set by Deadpool in 2016, and it will most certainly surpass the $200 million mark in the first four days in theaters. The movie posted an impressive $47,767 per-screen average, opening in 4,020 theaters, earning an additional $169 million overseas for a worldwide opening weekend tally of $361 million. The movie's international tally is even more impressive when you take into account that it hasn't opened in China yet, with its Middle Kingdom debut slated for March 9. It has also yet to open in Russia (February 22), Estonia (February 23) and Japan (March 1).
Rounding out the top 5 is Peter Rabbit ($17.2 million), Fifty Shades Freed ($16.9 million), Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle ($7.9 million) and The 15:17 to Paris ($7.6 million). The top 10 is rounded out by The Greatest Showman ($6.1 million), Early Man ($3.1 million), The Maze Runner: The Death Cure ($2.5 million), Winchester ($2.2 million) and Samson ($1.9 million). Also debuting in limited release this weekend was Warner Bros.' Detective Chinatown 2, which earned $677,000 from 115 theaters for a $5,887 per-screen average, Lionsgate's Monster Hunt 2, which earned $335,000 from 69 theaters for a $4,885 per-screen average, Sony Pictures Classics' Loveless, which earned $30,950 from three theaters for a $10,317 per-screen average, Roadside Attractions' The Party, which earned $36,334 from three theaters for a $12,111 per-screen average, Bleecker Street's Nostalgia, which earned $20,667 from three theaters for a $6,889 per-screeen average and FilmRise's The Boy Downstairs, which took in $6,000 from one theater.
Looking ahead to next weekend, three more movies arrive in wide release, with Paramount's Annihilation, Warner Bros.' Game Night and Orion Pictures' Every Day arriving in theaters. Screen Media's Curvature, Hannover House's Death House, Parade Deck Films' Hannah, Epic Pictures' The Lodgers, Oscilloscope Pictures' November, Well Go USA's Operation Red Sea, Gravitas Ventures' Survivors Guide to Prison and The Orchard's The Young Karl Marx also debut in limited release as well. Take a look at the box office estimates for the weekend of February 16
below, and check back on Tuesday for next weekend's predictions.
|3||Fifty Shades Freed|
|4||Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle|
|5||The 15:17 to Paris|
|6||The Greatest Showman|
|8||The Maze Runner: The Death Cure|