While Marvel's Black Panther earned near-universal praise following its world premiere on Monday, positive reviews don't always translate into a hefty box office. In the case of director Ryan Coogler's film, however, that early buzz appears to stoking what were already record-setting advance ticket sales.
According to online ticket retailer Fandango, Black Panther sales have outpaced those of all other superhero films. The feature vaulted to the top of the website's daily ticket sales on Tuesday, following the Hollywood premiere, and it still remained there today, more than two weeks away from its theatrical debut.
Fandango also surveyed 1,000 Black Panther ticket buyers to find out what was driving interest in the film. Ninety-seven percent of respondents said they're "looking forward to a different kind of superhero movie," while 95 percent are drawn to "the film's positive message." Another 93 percent can't wait to see Chadwick Boseman reprise his role as T'Challa following Captain America: Civil War, and 86 percent are excited for the Dora Milaje, the king of Wakanda's elite female bodyguards.
“The buzz on Black Panther is electric,” Fandango Managing Editor Erik Davis said in a statement. “Early screening audiences say it is one of Marvel’s best movies ever, and the positive word of mouth is helping drive the movie’s spectacular advance ticket sales.”
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.