It looks like everyone took a trip to Wakanda this weekend. Marvel’s long-awaited release of “Black Panther” opened over the weekend and exceeded all domestic box office industry projections. It took in an estimated $US192 million over three days and is looking to make $US218.2 million by the end of Presidents’ Day, according to boxofficepro.com. That shattered the all-time February opening weekend held by “Deadpool” in 2016 ($US132.4 million) and its four-day Presidents’ Day holiday earning ($US152 million). The $US192 million three-day take is the fifth-best ever, passing “Avengers: Age of Ultron” ($US191.2 million). For a four-day opening, the movie is fifth-best all-time, knocking out “Age of Ultron ($US204.4 million). Playing on just over 4,000 screens, Disney gave “Black Panther” the “Star Wars” treatment in regards to blanketing the country with its latest release. After its Thursday preview screenings took in $US25.2 million – the best-ever for February and second-best out of the Marvel franchise – the movie earned an astounding $US75.8 million on Friday – the eighth-best Friday opening ever (passing 2012’s “The Dark Knight Rises,” $US75.7 million). Earning around $US68 million on Saturday proved that “Black Panther” wasn’t front-loaded. Basically the movie industry got a taste of a… Read full this story
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