With its opening weekend in the books, it is now official that Black Panther will go down in history as having one of the highest grossing openings of all time, and the highest grossing for a February release of all time.
It earned $201.8 million domestically over the Fri-Sun weekend and will earn an estimated $235m over the Fri-Mon holiday. It has earned over $400 million worldwide over the 4 day weekend span. Deadpool was the previous top earner in February all time at $132 million over the Fri-Sun frame, and $152m over the Fri-Mon Presidents Day weekend. Black Panther also now has claimed the title for the second-biggest non-sequel debut of all time as well, beating out The Hunger Games, which came in at 152 million in its opening weekend back in 2012.
There has always been a general consensus in Hollywood that not only blockbusters, but any big budget film needed to have at least one white person, preferably a man, in a starring or costarring role to gain any traction with viewers in America and worldwide. Black Panther has crushed this idea by having such a dominant showing in its first 4 days. It will also go down as having the biggest opening ever for any movie shot by a nonwhite director, displacing James Wan’s Furious 7, which earned $1.5 billion worldwide. Ryan Coogler, who directed Black Panther, also directed Creed and Fruitville Station, which were both critically acclaimed.
Black Panther ranks fifth all time of any Fri-Sun debut, but two of the bigger ones were Star Wars movies in mid-December and the other two were summer flicks, Avengers and Jurassic World. Black Panther will now rank as the biggest pre-summer opener of all time dethroning Batman v Superman which opened at $166 million and was nowhere near as good in my opinion.
All in all we are just getting started, as many are predicting that this will be a billion dollar movie when it is all said and done. At least 15 theaters that I tried to get tickets at were totally sold out on opening Friday night. I hope Hollywood is paying attention, and will react with better movies with black leads, instead of the same old same rehashed stories. For example, we don’t need another Spiderman movie for at least another decade, and a movie about white Egyptian gods should have never made it out of whatever weed smoked filled basement the idea originated in.