Black Panther tickets went on sale Monday night, and now Fandango reports it is already beating Captain America: Civil War and is now their best-selling MCU title in the first 24 hours of presales.
Fandango also previously revealed that Black Panther was the #2 most anticipated movie of 2018 behind Marvel's own The Avengers: Infinity War and that star Chadwick Boseman is the most anticipated comic book character in a standalone movie, with Danai Gurira and Winston Duke considered as rising stars, and Michael B. Jordan's Erik Killmonger as one of the most anticipated villains.
Deadline reports that Black Panther is not expected to beat Captain America: Civil War's opening haul of $179 million, but it is thought Black Panther will be able to beat Deadpool's $132.4 million, which would give Black Panther the best opening in February.
It's further speculated that Black Panther may even have the best opening before Summer ever.
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.