Since the release of Black Panther from Marvel Studios, it set multiple records on opening weekend. The latest installment of the Marvel franchise just had the fifth highest opening ever, getting past the $200 million mark, and is on track to set a new milestone for the second weekend.
According to Box Office Mojo, Black Panther not only managed to sell over $200 million, but also had the second largest four-day gross in history. In addition, the movie achieved so much during its first few days in theaters, including largest February opening weekend, largest winter season-opening weekend, and largest Presidents’ Day weekend.
For Marvel, Black Panther has shattered records and achieved an important feat.
“For that matter, within the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Black Panther has already outgrossed the lifetime domestic totals for Doctor Strange ($232.6m), Thor: The Dark World($206.3m), Thor ($181m), Ant-Man ($180.2m), Captain America: The First Avenger($176.6m) and The Incredible Hulk ($134.8m) and will top Captain America: The Winter Soldier ($259.7m) once Tuesday grosses arrive,” reports Box Office Mojo.
Naturally, the question being raised is, how will the film perform for the second weekend? So far the numbers added happen to indicate a promising outcome. As reported by Variety, the Monday domestic gross total surpassed the previous record-holder Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
“The superhero pic set a record for top Monday domestic gross ever, with $40.2 million, edging the previous high set by Star Wars: The Force Awakens at $40.1 million. The four-day domestic haul is $242 million, second only to 2015’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens at $288 million, aided by the fourth day being a holiday,” according to Variety.
The above report emphasizes that given the positive news around the release and the growing word-of-mouth that continues to spread, it could have another profitable weekend.
If the movie is to generate more than a $100 million, it would certainly place Black Panther in an exclusive group of commercially successful films. However, previous successful releases do not automatically translate to a back-to-back weekend success.
“The previous four films that opened with $200 million domestically had a wide range of second weekends, led by The Force Awakens, which declined 40% to $149 million; Jurassic World slid 49% to $106.6 million; The Avengers fell 50% to $103.1 million; and The Last Jedi plunged 67% to $71.6 million — the 13th highest second weekend. The fourth-highest second weekend took place last March when Disney’s Beauty and the Beast scored $90.4 million off a 48% decline,” Variety adds.
Either way, Black Panther remains a force to be reckoned with, and its popularity seems to be only growing. Everyone will be setting their sights on how much the film grosses this following weekend, and other moviegoers are going to continue piquing the interests of other to watch the blockbuster movie.