Black Panther is already on course to be one of the biggest Marvel movies to date. And, if the first 24 hours of ticket sales are any indication, it's going to blow everything else out of the water.
Hot Out The Gate
It's not due in theaters for another month, but Black Panther is set to prowl its way straight to the top of the charts judging by the considerable rush for advance ticket sales.
Following their release on Monday night, after a well-placed national advertisement during the telecast of the College Football Playoff National Championship, Fandango confirmed that Black Panther has already beaten Captain America: Civil War's record.
The upcoming movie is now officially the best-selling MCU title in the first 24 hours of presales yet.
Considering Civil War banked almost $200 million the first weekend of May 2016, that's quite a feat. Naturally, the demand for early bird tickets doesn't necessarily mean Black Panther is going to be a massive hit, but it's a pretty reliable indication. It may even beat Civil War's worldwide gross of $1.15 billion, which puts it in 15th place overall.
Marvel movies will make huge bucks anyway, no matter what, but Black Panther is positioned to open over a four-day holiday weekend, too, meaning it will get more time to make more money.
Although industry estimates don't believe Black Panther will match Civil War's massive opening weekend, (they're currently pitching it to open around the $80-100 million mark) it could still be on course to beat Deadpool's previous February record ($132.4 million).
Fan Support Is High
The advance sales certainly make it seem as though it's about to be a big hit, and fan enthusiasm is high too. A recent Fandango survey of more than 8,000 moviegoers saw Black Panther voted one of the top two must-see movies of the year. Only Avengers: Infinity War beat it to the post.
"'Black Panther' is riding an incredible wave of momentum right now. It's one of the biggest and most anticipated movies to ever open in the month of February, and its trailers have electrified the internet. Tickets have been going fast ever since pre-sales started" said Fandango editor Erik Davis.
Likewise, Chadwick Boseman, who plays the titular character, was voted as the most anticipated character in a standalone comic book movie. This isn't surprising, considering Black Panther is set to be the first time an African-American actor headlines a superhero movie such as this.
The primarily African-American cast, too, is a who's who of talented newcomers including Creed's Michael B. Jordan as villain Erik Killmonger, and Star Wars' Lupita Nyong'o.
Big names such as Angela Bassett and Forest Whitaker are also slated to appear. Ryan Coogler, who directed Jordan in Creed, is taking the helm here, too, making this one of the most authentic depictions of a popular black character imaginable.
Boseman stars as T'Challa, a young man who takes over the kingdom of Wakanda following the death of his father. Boseman previously popped up in Captain America: Civil War, where the first seeds of his story were sown.
Catch Black Panther in theaters on Feb. 16.