That means that the Black Panther has a fellow Marvel character in his cinematic sights.
Fox’s “Deadpool” holds the Presidents’ Day weekend record with a $152.2 million domestic debut two years ago (not adjusting for inflation). “Deadpool” also tallied $132.4 million over its opening three-day weekend — a February record, as well.
“Deadpool” ultimately grossed $363 million in North America and more than three-quarters of a billion worldwide.
“There are no borders on this,” Imax Entertainment chief executive Greg Foster told Variety of “Black Panther’s” broad-reach tracking in the United States. “The momentum is continuing on both coasts and in the middle; in red states and in blue states. In giant cities and smaller suburbs.”
“Black Panther,” which lands precisely a decade after “Iron Man” effectively launched the Marvel Cinematic Universe, stars Chadwick Boseman as T’Challa, the Avenger who’s the royal leader of the fictional African nation of Wakanda, as created in 1966 by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby.
“Black Panther” has an average aggregate score of 87 on Metacritic, as well as a 97 percent certified “fresh” score on Rotten Tomatoes — the highest for a Marvel Universe film.