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Black Panther Leaps to Record-Breaking $218 Million Debut

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Black Panther Leaps to Record-Breaking $218 Million Debut

Marvel’s Black Panther earned an estimated $192 million in its three-day domestic debut, shattering records on its way to what’s expected to be a $218 million four-day holiday haul.

Add to that $169 million from the international box office, bringing the global tally for director Ryan Coogler’s film to $361 million through Sunday.

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Black Panther has smashed box-office records left and right, seizing the highest-ever February debut, and the fifth-highest of all time. It also bounded past the record for biggest Presidents Day Weekend debut, set in 2016 by Deadpool with $152 million. However, if Deadpool star Ryan Reynolds was worried about his own record falling, he certainly didn’t show it:

The film didn’t stop there, either: Its $192 million three-day gross edges out 2015’s Avengers: Age of Ultron for the second-highest opening weekend for a Marvel Studios release, behind only 2012’s The Avengers, with $207 million (not adjusted for inflation). Black Panther is the studio’s 18th straight No. 1 opening.

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According to comScore, 37 percent of ticket buyers for Black Panther‘s opening weekend were African-American, followed by Caucasians with 35 percent, and Hispanics with 18 percent. The Hollywood Reporter” target=”_blank”>The Hollywood Reporter notes that kind of demographic breakdown is “unheard of” for a major superhero film. Women were also well-represented, making up 45 percent of ticket buyers (versus the usual 35 percent to 40 percent for a superhero debut).

Now in theaters, director Ryan Coogler’s Black Panther stars Chadwick Boseman as T’Challa, 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, Forest Whitaker as Zuri and Michael B. Jordan as Erik Killmonger.

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