After tracking at around $100 million back in January, Black Panther has shattered expectations for the holiday weekend to earn $218 million domestically. Even without the extra day, the movie is expected to bring in $192 million, which is a record breaking best for a February movie. Black Panther started to really make a stir when it went on to break the first quarter records for most amount of presale tickets sold through Fandango and now it's proving to be a monster at the box office, destroying the competition.
Black Panther easily took down Deadpool's original Presidents Day weekend of $152 million , which was set in 2016. The movie opened to 4,020 theaters in North America and combined with the international box office, Black Panther is set to earn $361 million for just the three days. While the movie is the highest February debut in history, it's the 5th highest grossing opening of all time, edging out Avengers: Age of Ultron to number 6. Speaking of other Marvel movies, Black Panther is the second highest Thursday preview in MCU history.
Coming in a distant second is Sony's Peter Rabbit, which is in its second weekend. The children's movie earned $22.5 million, only earning $3 million less than it did during its debut weekend. The movie has seen some controversy for reportedly making fun of people with allergies. Some moviegoers have decided to boycott the movie for a food allergy bullying scene. Taking the third spot at this weekend's box office is Fifty Shades Free with $18 million in its second weekend. So far, the erotic thriller has brought in $161 million worldwide in its first 8 days of release and $266.9 million worldwide.
Sony's Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle took the fourth spot with $10 million in its 9th week. The Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson vehicle has been tearing it up at the box office over the last few months and its domestic total is $380 million, earning it the 32nd highest grossing movie of all time, just behind Revenge of the Sith. Worldwide, the hit sequel is at $904.6 million. Clint Eastwood's The 15:17 to Paris is set to take 5th place with earnings of $9.1 million. The movie is on its second weekend and has brought in $27 million in total.
The Greatest Showman, which is also in its 9th weekend, came in 6th with $6.3 million. The Hugh Jackman movie has earned $155 million to date at the domestic box office with a worldwide total of $325.2 million. The 7th spot on the list goes to the debut weekend of Nick Park's Early Man, which earned $4.2 million this weekend. Maze Runner: Death Cure, Winchester, and Samson rounded out the weekend. Black Panther is the undisputed king of the box office this weekend and will more than likely go on to dominate next weekend as well. Head over to Box Office Mojo for more information.