‘Black Panther’ Now Ranks Among Fandango’s Top 5 Biggest Pre-Sellers of All Time

Only “Star Wars” films have come in ahead of the new Marvel movie

Last Updated: February 15, 2018 @ 3:30 PM

“Black Panther” is now among Fandango’s top 5 ticket pre-sellers of all time, the mobile ticketing company said on Thursday.

“Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” and “Rogue One” top the list, with “Black Panther” coming in fourth place. Jennifer Lawrence’s “The Hunger Games” rounds out the list.

“Black Panther” opens in previews on Thursday night and is projected to open to at least $150 million in its four-day holiday opening weekend. However, “Black Panther” is expected to post an opening that would rank in the top 10 for superhero films, and the question arises whether it will beat the February box office record held by “Deadpool” two years ago when it opened to $152 million.

Right now, “Black Panther” is also the top-rated superhero film of all time, at 98 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, DC or Marvel.

“Black Panther” follows T’Challa (Chadwick Boseman) who, after the death of his father in “Captain America: Civil War,” returns home to the isolated, technologically advanced African nation of Wakanda to take the throne as its new king. But when vicious arms dealer Ulysees Klaue (Andy Serkis) returns to threaten the kingdom, T’Challa’s mettle as king — and Black Panther — is tested when he is drawn into a formidable conflict against enemies both inside and outside his kingdom, including the mutinous Erik Killmonger (Michael B. Jordan).

Lupita Nyong’o, Angela Bassett, Letitia Wright, Danai Gurira, Martin Freeman, Daniel Kaluuya, and Winston Duke star with Angela Bassett and Forest Whitaker. Ryan Coogler directed from a script he co-wrote with Joe Robert Cole.

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