‘Black Panther’ Smashes Box Office Records and Hollywood Myths

‘Black Panther’ Smashes Box Office Records and Hollywood Myths

‘Black Panther’ Smashes Box Office Records and Hollywood Myths

Written by Nathasha De Alwis

19 Feb, 2018 | 12:40 pm

The Disney-Marvel movie “Black Panther,” roared into theaters over the weekend as a full-blown cultural event, breaking box office records and shattering a myth about the overseas viability of movies rooted in black culture.

Global ticket sales by today (February 19) will total an estimated $387 million.

The previous record-holder was “Straight Outta Compton,” which collected $214 million worldwide in 2015 over its entire run after adjusting for inflation.

Disney, which supported “Black Panther” with a lavish nine-month marketing campaign, stated yesterday (February 18) that ticket sales for the film in North America will total roughly $218 million between Friday (February 16) and today (February 19).

Analysts had expected “Black Panther” to arrive to about $165 million in North American ticket sales, which would itself have been an astounding result for a release outside the holiday and summer corridors.

The previous domestic record-holder for a February release was “Deadpool,” which collected an adjusted $159 million over Presidents’ Day weekend in 2016.


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