By all accounts, Marvel Studios is about to have another massive hit with the release of Ryan Coogler's Black Panther. Already one of the most-anticipated films of the year, the superhero adventure received another boost with overwhelming positive reactions following its world premiere on Monday, which in turn triggered a surge in advance ticket sales. With all of that comes a significant adjustment to expectations for its opening-weekend box office.
It was only last week that early projections placed Black Panther on a course to earn between $100 million and $120 million in its U.S. premiere. But now, Variety reports, that figure has been adjusted to $150 million.
Should those numbers hold up, that would put Black Panther within striking distance of the box-office record for a Presidents Day Weekend premiere, now held by 2016's Deadpool with $152 million. With such a weekend haul, Black Panther would lay claim to the fifth-highest opening in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, behind Captain America: Civil War, Iron Man 3 and both Avengers films.
Directed by Ryan Coogler from a script he wrote with Joe Robert Cole, Black Panther stars Chadwick Boseman as T’Challa, Michael B. Jordan as Erik Killmonger, Lupita Nyong’o as Nakia, Daniel Kaluuya as W’Kabi, Letitia Wright as Shuri, Danai Gurira as Okoye, Angela Bassett as Ramonda, Martin Freeman as Everett K. Ross, Andy Serkis as Ulysses Klaue, Winston Duke as M’Baku and Forest Whitaker as Zuri. The film opens Feb. 16.