Yesterday's box office estimates for Marvel's Black Panther were most impressive, with the movie shattering Deadpool's February opening weekend record ($132.4M) with an estimated $192.3M, but it actually earned much more than that. As is often the case with a movie of this stature, the actual totals came in this morning and they were much higher, with a three-day, Friday-Sunday total of $201.7M, the fifth highest of all time, with an estimated four-day tally of $235M over the President's Day holiday weekend. The four-day tally is the third highest of all time, just behind Star Wars: The Last Jedi ($241.5M) and Star Wars: The Force Awakens ($288M).
While the full actuals for the entire holiday weekend come in tomorrow, it's possible that Black Panther may have broken even more box office records. Its estimated Sunday tally of just over $60 million is roughly $500K shy of the Sunday record of $60.5M set by Star Wars: The Force Awakens in 2015. The President's Day estimate of $33.2M is already the second highest Monday gross ever, behind Star Wars: The Force Awakens' $40.1M in 2015. When you break down Black Panther's opening weekend by each individual day, it's consistent haul is even more impressive than Star Wars: The Force Awakens, even if it couldn't surpass its opening weekend record of $247.9M.
Black Panther brought in an impressive $75.8M on Friday, which includes $25.2M from Thursday screenings, the highest Thursday tally for any movie debuting in February and second highest for any Marvel Cinematic Universe movie. On Saturday, the movie dropped just 13.1% with an estimate of $65.8M, and it only dropped 9% the next day, with a near-record Sunday tally of $60M. By comparison, Star Wars: The Force Awakens earned much more on Friday ($119.1M), but it dropped 42.7% on Saturday for $68.2M and 11.3% on Sunday with $60.5M. If it continues to post minimal daily drops throughout the week and into next weekend, Black Panther could very well be a box office force to be reckoned with well into spring.
The President's day estimate also pushed Black Panther's worldwide haul past the $400 million mark, with its global total now $404M, with $169M coming from international markets. The international tally is even more impressive when considering the movie has yet to open in China, the second largest box office market in the world behind the U.S., with the movie's Middle Kingdom debut slated for March 9 as the movie's last international territory. Next weekend Black Panther is slated to debut in Russia, Vietnam, Trinidad, Peru and Venezuela. As of now, Korea leads the international pack with $25.3M, followed by the UK with $24.8M, Mexico with $9.6M, Brazil with $9.6M and Australia with $9.2M.
Black Panther didn't have much standing in its way this weekend, with the family animated movie Early Man and the faith-based Samson failing to give T'challa and Company a run for their money at the box office, but there will be considerably more competition next weekend. Opening on February 23 is Warner Bros.' action comedy Game Night, slated to arrive in roughly 3,300 theaters, Paramont's Annihilation, debuting in an estimated 2,000 theaters, and Orion Pictures' Every Day, estimated to open in 1,650 theaters. Check back tomorrow for the box office predictions for the coming week, and you can head on over to Box Office Mojo for their full report on the holiday weekend.