Box Office: BLACK PANTHER Forecasted For $120 Million Opening Weekend; Could Top SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING
Updated box office estimates now put Black Panther's domestic opening weekend on track to top Spider-Man: Homecoming, along with a number of other Marvel Studios' first entry films.
Box Office Pro has updated their projections for Black Panther and now predict it to open to $120 million domestically, a $30 million increase from their initial $90 million estimates. This would be an incredible feat for the first standalone film featuring Chadwick Boseman's King of Wakanda, as it would mark just the second time a first entry to a standalone franchise has exceeded the $100 million mark on opening weekend for a Marvel Studios property. The only other Marvel property to break $100 million on opening weekend was Spider-Man: Homecoming which pulled in $117 million in its first weekend. Like Black Panther, it too had the advantage of having its titular hero introduced in Captain America: Civil War.
For comparison, here are the opening weekend numbers for some of Marvel's other first entries to a standalone franchise:
- Iron Man - $98 million
- Captain America: The First Avenger - $65 million
- Thor - $65 million
- Guardians of the Galaxy: $94 million
- Doctor Strange - $85 million
Box Office Pro also estimates a $335 million domestic total for Black Panther, which would make it the sixth best in MCU history. Of course, a lot of the film's box office long term success will depend on reviews and word of mouth.
Black Panther opens in theaters February 16, 2018.
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