“Black Panther” has performed beyond analysts’ wildest expectations, becoming the fifth film in history to score a $200 million-plus opening weekend with a estimated three-day count of $201.7 million.
That’s bigger than the $191 million start for “Avengers: Age of Ultron” and joins “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” “Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” “Jurassic World,” and “The Avengers” in the all-time Top 5 for debuts.
That comes after the film made a spectacular $60 million on Sunday, just a half-million shy of breaking the all-time record for Sunday totals held by “The Force Awakens.”
“Black Panther” has performed so well that it has shattered all comps for Presidents Day, so analysts have little idea just how much money it will bring in on Monday. However, if it earns $40 million on Monday, it will have a four-day total of $241 million, bigger than the start for “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” two months ago and the second-biggest four-day start in box office history.
Disney’s more conservative projections have “Black Panther” falling short of that mark with a $33.3 million Monday based on a 45 percent drop, but that still beats the four day starts for “Avengers” ($226.3 million) and “Jurassic World” ($234.1 million).
“Black Panther” has already blown by several records, beating the February opening record of $132 million set by “Deadpool” by a staggering 52 percent and the pre-summer opening record of $174 million set by the “Beauty and the Beast” remake by 15.5 percent.
On IMAX, the film has contributed to the premium format’s second biggest global weekend of all-time, making $35 million from 676 screens worldwide, the biggest weekend ever for a Marvel film, and combining with returns from a record setting weekend in China for a currently estimated total of $53 million.