Tickets went on sale for Black Panther on Monday night, but it’s already raking in huge numbers, making it Fandango’s best-selling title in the MCU so far.
The hype is pretty intense for Black Panther, and it’s not surprising. Not only looks like an amazing addition to the MCU, but is groundbreaking by starring a Black superhero as the main character, a Black director, and a primarily Black cast.
However, Hollywood speaks in dollars, so the real measure of Black Panther‘s succcess is going to be ticket sales. Black Panther fans were all-too aware of this, and didn’t waste time to show their support for T’Challa and the citizens of Wakanda. Tickets have only been available since Monday night, but the film has already beaten Captain America: Civil War as Fandango’s best-selling title in the MCU.
Of course, ticket pre-sales don’t necessarily have a direct bearing on opening weekend numbers. But this is Marvel we’re talking about, so the numbers are bound to be strong. Captain America: Civil War made $179 million in its opening weekend, and Deadline reports that industry experts expect Black Panther ‘s opening weekend sales to be around $80-85 million.
However, Fandango’s numbers make things look quite promising for the film. If the film does post numbers like Captain America, it could beat Deadpool‘s $132.4 million and earn the title of highest opening of all time for a February release, and become the best film opening before summer.
With the film ranking as Fandango users’ second most anticipated of the year (the first being Avengers: Infinity War), this one will tell an interesting tale at the box office. If you’re excited for Black Panther, be sure you grab your tickets for opening weekend! The film hits theaters on February 16!