The upcoming Black Panther movie has now added another feather to its cap. According to Fandango, Black Panther had left behind Captain America: Civil War behind in its pre-booking ticket sales. But now, it has beaten Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice to claim the number one spot in pre-booking sales for a superhero movie.
Black Panther was projected to have an opening sale of $90 million. But withing a few weeks, the projected sale started hovering around $120 million. According to Fandango, Black Panther currently has a projection of around $150 million for its opening weekend, which can very well beat Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, which had a massive opening of $166 million.
Currently, Black Panther is Fandango’s #1 ticket seller. With rave reviews from critics, the sales are only expected to go further.
It was also revealed by Fandango that Black Panther is second most anticipated superhero movie of the year, behind Marvel’s own Avengers: Infinity War. Chadwick Boseman, who plays T’Challa/Black Panther has been the most anticipated comic-book character in a stand alone movie. Michael B. Jordan, who will playing the role of Erik Kilmonger is the most anticipated comic-book villain in stand-alone movie. Also, Danai Gurira and Winston Duke have been considered as the emerging stars in the superhero industry for 2018.
Black Panther will be following the events of Captain America: Civil War, instead of going for an origin story. After the events of Civil War, the new king of Wakanda, T’Challa faces even more dangerous threats from within the nation. Erik Kilmonger and Ulysses Klaue are the major antagonists in the movie with their own personal agendas against the king of Wakanda. Klaw, who was previously seen in Avengers: Age of Ultron , illegally deals in the rare metal Vibranium, thus having a direct conflict with T’Challa. With so many varied threats, the tension is definitely expected to be palpable, in T’Challa’s quest to protect Wakanda’s sovereignty from the invaders.
Black Panther is set to release on February 16, 2018.