As of last night's Thursday night previews, Marvel's Black Panther movie is a smash hit!
Black Panther made a whopping $25.2 million last night, which beats out Captain America: Civil War ($25 million) and gives Marvel its second best Thursday opening ever behind The Avengers: Age Of Ultron ($27.6 million). Worth a note is that Black Panther also crushed the February Thursday preview for Deadpool ($12.7 million).
As of now, Black Panther is on track for a huge $175 million opening weekend, and when you add the holiday on Monday, Black Panther is now estimated to have north of $200 million.
I saw the movie last night and did like it. I also recommend going to see Black Panther, but I will say it did have some issues, which I'll delve into later when I post my thoughts and own review.
Speaking of reviews, Black Panther has a current Rotten Tomatoes score of 97% with 250 Fresh to only 7 Rotten.
Black Panther has a February 16, 2018 release starring Chadwick Boseman (“Captain America: Civil War,” “Get on Up”), Michael B. Jordan (“Creed,” “Fruitvale Station”), Academy Award winner LupitaNyong’o (“Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” “12 Years a Slave”), Danai Gurira (“The Walking Dead,” upcoming “All Eyez on Me”), Martin Freeman (“Hobbit” trilogy, “Sherlock”), Daniel Kaluuya (upcoming “Get Out,” “Sicario”), with Academy Award® nominee Angela Bassett (“American Horror Story,” “London Has Fallen”), with Academy Award® winner Forest Whitaker (“Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,” Lee Daniels’ “The Butler”), and Andy Serkis (“Avengers: Age of Ultron,” “Star Wars: The Force Awakens”). Additional cast members include Letitia Wright (“Urban Hymn,” “Glasgow Girls”), Winston Duke (“Person of Interest, “Modern Family”), Florence Kasumba (“Captain America: Civil War,” “Emerald City”), Sterling K. Brown (“Whiskey Tango Foxtrot,” “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story”) and John Kani (“Captain America: Civil War,” “Coriolanus”).
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. But when a powerful old enemy reappears, T’Challa’s mettle as king—and Black Panther—is tested when he is drawn into a formidable conflict that puts the fate of Wakanda and the entire world at risk. Faced with treachery and danger, the young king must rally his allies and release the full power of Black Panther to defeat his foes and secure the safety of his people and their way of life.