According to The Hollywood Reporter, Black Panther earned the top spot in Q1 by surpassing the advanced ticket sales of 2012's The Hunger Games and 2017's Beauty and the Beast. The highly anticipated film is reportedly set to become the largest advanced ticket seller in Fandango's 18-year history, as it is currently on pace to beat out 2016's Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.
Black Panther is already being hailed as a Marvel masterpiece, with Ryan Coogler, the cast, and the film's themes all receiving praise from critics. The film is also expected to be a massive commercial success, projected to earn $150 million in its domestic opening, a figure that would place it as the fifth-highest opening in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, behind only 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.