Black Panther scored impressive box office numbers, bringing in an estimated $192 million by Sunday. That gives the film, which features a nearly all-Black cast, the fifth biggest domestic opening of all time. By the end of the three-day weekend, the movie is projected to earn more than $218 million over four days. In movie theaters overseas, Black Panther earned and estimated $169 million.
“Black Panther exceeded even the grandest box office expectations while simultaneously breaking down cinematic barriers and marking a turning point in the evolution of the genre,” comScore senior media analyst Paul Dergarabedian told CNN, underscoring that the movie is an “important milestone.”
The movie stars Chadwick Boseman as T’Challa (a.k.a. the Black Panther), a Marvel superhero who rules the mythical African nation of Wakanda, a technologically advanced country. It costars several Black Hollywood luminaries, including Lupita Nyong’o, Forest Whitaker and Angela Bassett.
Here are a few of the records Black Panther has smashed, so far:
Biggest opening for a Black director
Ryan Coogler has the biggest movie opening for an African-American director, surpassing F. Gary Gray’s The Fate of the Furious that opened with $98 million.
The film surpassed Deadpool, a superhero film, which earned $132 million in its February 2016 opening. Among superhero films, Black Panther is second only to The Avengers three-day opening in 2012.
Unparalleled audience diversity
It’s rare for movies to draw large audience across demographic lines. Moviegoers who saw Black Panther over the weekend were 37 percent Black, 35 percent White, 18 percent Latino and 45 percent female.
Biggest pre-summer preview night
Black Panther opened on Thursday for preview showings and earned a record $25.2 million.
Highest-rated Marvel movie of all-time
“Black Panther” has edged “The Incredibles” by one percentage point to become the highest-rated Marvel movie ever, according to the Rotten Tomatoes website. “The Incredibles” previously enjoyed that distinction with a 97 percent rating.