Friday, August 19, 2022

Black Panther Prowls to $1B in Just 26 Days AND Beats ‘A Wrinkle in Time’ at Box Office

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‘Black Panther’ director/co-writer Ryan Coogler

*UPdate: Estimates show that Disney’s A Wrinkle in Time is still second to Marvel’s mighty Black Panther with respective ticket sales of $34M and $41.7M. This despite the fact that industry estimates show Ava DuVernay’s feature take on Madeleine L’Engle’s novel +36% Saturday with $14M over Friday’s $10.3M, reports Deadline.

Earlier we reported …

It’s been on the tongues of a lot of people in entertainment and the general public and now it’s official. Director Ryan Coogler’s “Black Panther” has gone on to generate over $1 BILLION in box office revenue worldwide. So, before we go any further, we want to congratulate Mr. Coogler and the cast for making history.

For some films it’s taken several months to reach the $1B milestone, but “Panther” did it in less than one month: 26 days. It’s now Disney’s 16th title and the Marvel’s 5th ever to pass $1B. As of this posting, it’s standing at $531M domestic wise and is crossing $500M at the international box office this weekend, bolstered by a strong start in China where it’s now at about $49M after two days.

Bringing in $1b at the box office is not the only thing “BP” has done for Disney/Marvel. Right now it’s also the No. 9 movie of all time domestically and by the time this weekend is over, it’ll be the No. 2 superhero movie ever, passing “The Dark Knight.” According to Deadline.

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Among the other stats are the top February domestic debut ever at $202M (3-day)/$242.1M (4-day); the No. 5 all-time 3-day start; the No. 1 Monday ($40.1M) of all time; the No. 2 Sunday ever ($60M); the No. 2 ever second weekend ($111.6M); and the No. 1 non-holiday third weekend ($66.3M).

BTW, ‘Black Panther’s” opening in China is looking like a weekend opening in the high-$60M to low-$70M range.

And there’s this … on top of crossing the $1B mark, it’s pretty certain that “Black Panther” will be the first film since “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” to land the No. 1 spot for the fourth straight weekend. That’s because it’s now projected to beat fellow Disney release “A Wrinkle in Time.”

“Black Panther” is expected to win the weekend with $40-41 million, among the best ever totals for a fourth weekend. That also equates to a drop-off of just 38 percent from its $66.3 third weekend.

After winning on Friday, it looks like “A Wrinkle in Time,” is only going to have an opening of $33 million from 3,980 screens against a reported $103 million budget, says TheWrap. Unfortunately from a diversity standpoint, the film was considered the next big release for an industry trying to answer demands for more diverse casts and filmmakers, However, word of mouth hasn’t been the greatest, as it’s been labeled it a “well-intentioned disappointment” by critics on Rotten Tomatoes who only gave it a 42 percent score.

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