Marvel Studios’ Black Panther has only been in North American theaters for a little over 36 hours, and it’s already grossed an estimated $75.8 million domestically on Friday, including $25.2 million in Thursday previews.
That’s slightly more than the $75.5 million made on Friday by Captain America: Civil War, and that Marvel movie opened with $179 million in a non-holiday weekend. It may have fallen short of Avengers: Age of Ultron‘s $84.4 million Friday, but with Monday being a school holiday, it’s likely to come close to the 2015’s three-day weekend of $191 million. Including Monday, Black Panther should definitely surpass $200 million in its first four days, which is quite astounding when you consider the fact that it’s Marvel’s most successful movie that didn’t include Robert Downey Jr. or Chris Evans. Either way, Black Panther will surpass 2016’s Deadpool to become the biggest February and Presidents Day opener.
Black Panther also scored an extremely rare “A+” on CinemaScore, so expect it to stick around for a while and be a shoe-in to become Marvel’s fifth movie to achieve the $400 million benchmark domestically.
Universal’s Fifty Shades Freed and Sony’s Peter Rabbit will probably be neck and neck for second place, even though Fifty Shades brought in $5.7 million on Friday vs. Peter Rabbit‘s $4.1 million. Both of them should end up somewhere in the $20 to 21 million range for the four-day weekend.
Clint Eastwood’s The 15:17 to Paris is gunning for fourth place on Friday with $2.1 million grossed Friday, but Sony’s Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle might have something to say about that, as it’s aiming for the same $7.5 to 8.5 million over the four days, and it’s likely to pull ahead.
Aardman Studios’ animated Early Man did not do particularly well, grossing less than a million in 2,450 theaters, which should end up with between $4 and $4.5 million over the holiday weekend.
Pure Flix’s Samson did even worse with $630k on Friday and probably won’t make much more than $2 million over the four days.
Check back on Monday for the full box office report for the four-day Presidents Day weekend.
Edward Douglas | East Coast Editor