Keeping track of the number of records the movie ‘Black Panther’ is set to shatter at the box office is a task we’re sure its director Ryan Googler is more than happy to undertake.
Set to make him even happier?
Statistical proof that the project’s success is being driven by a demographic Hollywood once insisted was undependable at the box office.
I’m buying everything Black Panther. Another ticket… The DVD…. The Blu-ray…. The soundtrack… The musical score… hell I’m trying to buy a VHS version and I don’t even have a player😂💕✊🏾 #WakandaForever #BlackPanther
— Zuri Houston (@x_ZMB_x) February 17, 2018
Facts and figures below…
With a projected opening figure of $187 million, ‘Black’s numbers are to become the sixth best opening of all time. This, a feat is to achieve within three days.
By its fourth day that number is to soar north of $216 million and push it even further above and away from opening weekend digits picked up ‘Captain America: Civil War’ (($179.1M) and DC’s ‘Batman vs Superman‘ ($166 million).
In short? ‘Black Panther’ is now the biggest pre-summer opener of all time.
Powering its success? The black community…who make up the lion’s share of the picture’s audience.
We hear from Screen Engine/ComScore’s PostTrak that African American moviegoers at 40% are driving Black Panther‘s ticket sales. Diverse casts in films like Star Wars: The Force Awakens, The Last Jedi, the Fast and the Furious series, Twilight and Hunger Games have always yielded big business, but Black Panther with its near total Black ensemble cast is a groundbreaking landmark for Hollywood.
The remaining 60% is made up of a diverse mix of movie goers from other racial backgrounds.
When you realize Black Panther fans ain’t “Doing the Most” they just cosplaying like Harry Potter, LOR and typical comic book fans. We just never had the opportunity cause Black Movies usually about Slaves, Crime or Tyler Perry . pic.twitter.com/VEWpDvmTDp
— 〽ac (@T_DMac) February 16, 2018
Here are this weekend’s estimates…
1..) Black Panther (DIS), 4,020 theaters / $76.6M Fri (includes $25.2M in previews) /3-day: $187.6M /4-day: $216M/Wk 1
2..) Peter Rabbit (SONY), 3,725 theaters / $4.2M Fri (-26%) /3-day: $17.7M (-29%) /4-day: $23M /Total: $54M/Wk 2
3..) Fifty Shades Freed (UNI), 3,768 theaters / $5.7M Fri (-69%)/3-day: $17.75M(-54%)/4-day: $20.2M/Total: $79.4M Wk 2
4..) Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (SONY), 2,800 theaters (-336) / $1.85M Fri /3-day: $8M (-20%)/4-day: $10.5M /Total:$380.2M/ Wk 9
5..) The 15:17 to Paris (WB), 3042 theaters / $2.1M Fri (-43%)/3-day: $8.5M(-32%)/4-day: $9.95M/Total: $27.7M/ Wk 2
6..) The Greatest Showman (FOX), 1,936 theaters (-437) / $1.3m Fri / 3-day: $5.7M (-11%)/4-day: $7M /Total: $156.4M/Wk 9
7..) Early Man (LG), 2,494 theaters / $858K Fri /3-day: $3.5M /4-day: $4.8M/Wk 1
8..) Maze Runner: Death Cure (FOX), 1,892 theaters (-1,031) / $659K Fri /3-day: $2.7M (-56%) /4-day: $3.3M/ Total: $54.8M/Wk 4
9..) The Post (FOX/DW), 1,050 theaters (-815) / $464K Fri /3-day:$1.96M (-46%)/4-day: $2.45M/Total: $77M/Wk 9
10..) Samson (PURE), 1,249 theaters / $642K Fri /3-day: $1.95M /4-day: $2.3M/Wk 1