The king of Wakanda sits atop his box-office throne, and doesn't appear as if he'll be displaced anytime soon. Ever since early ticket sales began for Marvel's Black Panther, industry analysts thought they had a pretty good idea of just how big the film's opening weekend would be. They made their projections, then they adjusted them, indicating an even higher debut. And then, they adjusted them again. It turns out that while they were correct about director Ryan Coogler's film being a hit, they fell short of just how massive it was going to be.
In its four days of release, Black Panther has broken so many records, it's becoming difficult to keep track of them all. In case you want to join in on the conversation that's taking the world by storm, here is a complete rundown of what the movie has achieved so far.
With an estimated three-day domestic box-office opening of $192 million, and a projected $218 million for the four-day Presidents Day holiday, Black Panther sits as the fifth-highest domestic debut, ever.
Furthermore, it lags behind only 2012's The Avengers ($207.4 million) as the biggest three-day debut for a superhero film, pushing 2008's The Dark Knight into third place (those figures aren't adjusted for inflation). Additionally, Black Panther lays claim to the fifth-highest opening weekend of all time, behind The Avengers, Jurassic World, Star Wars: The Last Jedi and Star Wars: The Force Awakens. It shouldn't get too comfortable there, however, as Avengers: Infinity War will nudge the film from that spot when it arrives in May.
Black Panther has also become the biggest movie opening by an African-American director. It's Coogler's third feature film, after Fruitvale Station and the Rocky Balboa spinoff Creed.
If all that weren't enough, Coogler's film is also the biggest opening for a February release. The record was previously held by the Ryan Reynolds-starring Deadpool, which amassed $152.2 million for its four-day Presidents Day weekend in 2016.
On top of all that, it's also the superhero film with the highest score on movie critic-aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, with a rating of 97 percent. And it's not just about critics and numbers. The movie earned the rare grade of A+ on CinemaScore, an honor it now shares with fellow Marvel film The Avengers. What's more, it has also featured an audience that was comprised of 45 percent of female moviegoers, blasting past the usual 35 percent to 40 percent female audiences of all other superhero movie releases.
And this is only the beginning. As of this writing, Black Panther's full Monday haul hasn't been tallied yet. Some experts are predicting the movie will earn even more than projected on Presidents Day, meaning that the final numbers could yet rise. If they do, then the film's list of achievements will only get more impressive.
Now in theaters, director Ryan Coogler's Black Panther stars Chadwick Boseman as T’Challa /Black Panther, Michael B. Jordan as N’Jadaka /Erik “Killmonger” Stevens, Lupita Nyong’o as Nakia, Danai Gurira as Okoye, Martin Freeman as Everett K. Ross, Daniel Kaluuya as W’Kabi, Letitia Wright as Shuri, Winston Duke as M’Baku, Angela Bassett as Ramonda, Forest Whitaker as Zuri and Andy Serkis as Ulysses Klaue.