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‘Black Panther’ On Track for Mammoth $165M U.S. Debut

Michael B. Jordan and Chadwick Boseman. Photo: Matt Kennedy/Marvel Studios
Michael B. Jordan and Chadwick Boseman. Photo: Matt Kennedy/Marvel Studios

*Box office projections for Disney and Marvel Studios’ “Black Panther” continue to be revised upward by major tracking services as the film inches toward its opening in North America this Friday, Feb. 16.

Hollywood’s leading tracking service NRG on Monday revised its opening weekend estimate to $165 million or more for the four-day Presidents Day weekend — which if it holds would be the top February launch of all time — sources tell The Hollywood Reporter.

Initial tracking of “Black Panther” two weeks ago had NRG forecasting a domestic opening of $125 million. By last week, that number had shot up to $150 million-plus.

If NRG’s projections are correct, “Black Panther” could potentially notch one of the top five or six domestic openings ever for a superhero film, not accounting for inflation.

Via The Hollywood Reporter:

The big unknown is how Black Panther will fare overseas, where Hollywood films with a black cast are perceived to face challenges. Disney insiders expect “Black Panther” to open in the $75 million-$115 million range. The tentpole rolls out in about 70 percent of the international marketplace this week; major territories where it doesn’t open until later include Russia (Feb. 22), Japan (March 1) and China (March 9).

The critically acclaimed movie currently boasts a stellar 97 percent score on Rotten Tomatoes, the best of any title in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (that could change by opening day).

The roster of top superhero openings in North America is led by The Avengers (2012) with $207.4 million, followed by Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015) with $191.3 million, Captain America: Civil War (2016) with $179.1 million, Iron Man 3 (2013) with $174.1 million — all from Marvel — and Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016) with $166 million and The Dark Knight Rises (2012) with $160.9 million, not accounting for inflation.

Ryan Reynolds’ Deadpool, which currently holds the record for top February opening, took in $152.2 million over the four-day Presidents Day weekend in 2016.

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