Marvel Studios' Black Panther follows T'Challa who, after the death of his father, the King of Wakanda, returns home to the isolated, technologically advanced African nation to succeed to the throne and take his rightful place as king. Deadpool now holds the record for February opening weekend with $132.4 million.
Next month's Black Panther is set to do historic numbers if early sales are any indication.
The movie ticket sales site said on Wednesday that pre-sale tickets for Black Panther outpaced the first-day advance sales of 2016's Captain America: Civil War, which previously had the best first day of pre-sales for a movie from Walt Disney's Marvel Cinematic Universe. Long live the King!
Who knew that The Black Panther movie would be such a hit?
The ticket-buying frenzy is only the latest aspect to the excitement surrounding Black Panther.
According to a few industry estimates before tracking (via Deadline), Black Panther will likely gross somewhere between $80-85 million, with a possible shot at over $100 million in its opening weekend.
I can tell you personally I haven't been this hyped for a Marvel film in a while, and it's not just because Kendrick Lamar is curating the entire soundtrack.
Directed by Ryan Coogler from a script he co-wrote with Joe Robert Cole, Black Panther stars Chadwick Boseman as T'Challa, Michael B. Jordan as Erik Killmonger, Lupita Nyong'o as Nakia, Daniel Kaluuya as W'Kabi, Letitia Wright as Shuri, Danai Gurira as Okoye, Angela Bassett as Ramonda, Martin Freeman as Everett K. Ross, Andy Serkis as Ulysses Klaue, and Forest Whitaker as Zuri.