Marvel’s newest Avenger, “Black Panther” hit theaters Thursday night for preview screenings, ahead of its full release today.
Fandango recently reported that the 18th film in the MCU had become the highest seller of advanced tickets for a superhero film. But yesterday, it crossed an even bigger threshold: into the Top 5 of all time.
Here are the five:
- “Star Wars: The Force Awakens”
- “Star Wars: The Last Jedi”
- “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story”
- “Black Panther”
- “The Hunger Games”
Fandango Managing Editor Erik Davis said:
“The excitement is palpable. Along with its groundbreaking ensemble cast, Marvel’s record-shattering film has immense depth, heart, and a soulfulness that sets it apart from all the superhero movies that have come before it.”
This news comes just as “Black Panther” is poised to set a number of records in its opening weekend. Box Office Mojo projects a four-day holiday weekend in excess of $200 million. They’re also predicting $185 million for the standard Friday-Sunday weekend, which would put it just outside of the top 5 for biggest opening weekends ever.
Anticipation for “Black Panther” has been building steadily since the film was first announced. When the character—played by Chadwick Boseman—was introduced in “Captain America: Civil War,” excitement skyrocketed.
Of course, a huge part of the excitement is because Boseman is the first person of color to lead a superhero film for Marvel. The character of Falcon (Anthony Mackie) was first introduced in “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” but he hasn’t scored his own film. Boseman’s Black Panther stars in at least one standalone film, and will return for “Avengers: Infinity War” this summer.
To celebrate the monumental event, many organizations around the country are raising money to give kids the chance to see themselves represented on the big screen. Over 400 GoFundMes have emerged around the country. You can find places to donate here.