On the eve of the nationwide release of Marvel's Black Panther, expectations for sky high, not only terms of whether or it's a great film -- by virtually all accounts, it is -- but also in terms of its box-office performance.
Previous projections placed director Ryan Coogler's film on a course to earn anywhere between $150 million and $170 million domestically in its opening weekend, but now those estimates have skyrocketed to between north of $180 million. In fact, Deadline won't discount the possibility of the movie raking in as much as $200 million over President's Day Weekend.
According to distributors, the film is expected to perform incredibly well in Atlanta, Baldwin Hills in Los Angeles, and Harlem, New York City.
Glowing reviews have played a part in early buzz for Black Panther, although they certainly haven't been the only factor. Across the country, various fundraisers have been set up so that families, church congregations, and young children who otherwise wouldn't afford tickets could see the film. And multiple people across social media have said that they plan to rewatch the film multiple times. For the film to reach its financial expectations, it'll first have to clear $20 million to $25 million from Thursday \previews.
In theaters Friday nationwide, Black Panther stars Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Danai Guira, Letitia Wright, Lupita Nyong'o, Winston Duke, Daniel Kaluuya, Martin Freeman, Forest Whitaker, Andy Serkis and Angela Bassett.