A lot of Marvel fans are hyped to watch Black Panther next month.
According to online ticket vendor Fandango, Black Panther ticket sales surpassed those of Captain America: Civil War in the first 24 hours. I was expecting Avengers: Infinity War to dethrone Civil War as Fandango's fastest-selling Marvel Cinematic Universe film but it looks like Black Panther will do it first this February. Civil War's first weekend grossed over $179 million in its first weekend back in May 2016.
As Deadline points out, advanced ticket sales do not always correlate to opening weekend totals, but they can be an indicator. If Black Panther continues to outpace ticket sales during opening weekend, it could be the biggest opening for a February-released film ever. The first Deadpool film currently holds that record with $132.4 million.
Marvel Studios' Black Panther follows T'Challa who, after the death of his father, the King of Wakanda, returns home to the isolated, technologically advanced African nation to succeed to the throne and take his rightful place as king. But when a powerful old enemy reappears, T'Challa's mettle as king—and Black Panther—is tested when he is drawn into a formidable conflict that puts the fate of Wakanda and the entire world at risk. Faced with treachery and danger, the young king must rally his allies and release the full power of Black Panther to defeat his foes and secure the safety of his people and their way of life.
Directed by Ryan Coogler (Fruitvale Station, Creed), Marvel's Black Panther is set to release in U.S. theaters on February 16, 2018.