Looks like the king of Wakanda might be the king of the MCU soon.
Fandango reported today that Black Panther is already beating Captain America: Civil War in its first 24 hours of tix sales, making it the MCU’S highest selling pre sale film to date.
While Fandango did not release specific figures for Black Panther‘s first day of advance ticket sales, the film’s fast start should put it on the path toward a blockbuster box-office debut next month. For instance, last year, Civil War posted a massive $179 million domestic opening weekend on its way to $1.15 billion in worldwide ticket sales overall. If Black Panther‘s own debut and total box-office haul can match its predecessor, the new movie would be among the highest-grossing Marvel films ever. According to Box Office Mojo, 2012’s The Avengers is the top-grossing Marvel film of all-time ($1.5 billion globally), and Disney will also release the third Avengers film, Avengers: Infinity War (which will also feature the Black Panther character along with many other Marvel superheroes), in May 2018.
Black Panther has a February 16, 2018 release starring Chadwick Boseman (“Captain America: Civil War,” “Get on Up”), Michael B. Jordan (“Creed,” “Fruitvale Station”), Academy Award winner LupitaNyong’o (“Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” “12 Years a Slave”), Danai Gurira (“The Walking Dead,” upcoming “All Eyez on Me”), Martin Freeman (“Hobbit” trilogy, “Sherlock”), Daniel Kaluuya (upcoming “Get Out,” “Sicario”), with Academy Award® nominee Angela Bassett (“American Horror Story,” “London Has Fallen”), with Academy Award® winner Forest Whitaker (“Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,” Lee Daniels’ “The Butler”), and Andy Serkis (“Avengers: Age of Ultron,” “Star Wars: The Force Awakens”). Additional cast members include Letitia Wright (“Urban Hymn,” “Glasgow Girls”), Winston Duke (“Person of Interest, “Modern Family”), Florence Kasumba (“Captain America: Civil War,” “Emerald City”), Sterling K. Brown (“Whiskey Tango Foxtrot,” “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story”) and John Kani (“Captain America: Civil War,” “Coriolanus”).
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.