Black Panther has a set new Fandango record as the top-selling MCU film in the first 24 hours of ticket presales.
After trying and failing to secure Black Panther tickets, a bewildered Lupita Nyong'o shared her thrilled surprise and slight irritation via Twitter. Though we're still a few weeks away from release, and the box office numbers can still fluctuate, Civil War opened to $179 million, the third-highest for the MCU (2012's The Avengers leads the charge with $207 million).
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.
The ticket-buying frenzy is only the latest aspect to the excitement surrounding Black Panther. The forthcoming Marvel film just dethroned 2016's Captain America: Civil War as Fandango's best-selling MCU film in 24 hours after advance tickets went up for sale on Monday night, January 8. Currently, non-Disney estimates before tracking believe Black Panther will post a $80M-$85M start with a possible shot at $100M-plus. The film hits theaters February 16.
I can tell you personally I haven't been this hyped for a Marvel film in a while, and it's not just because Kendrick Lamar is curating the entire soundtrack. The character first appeared onscreen in Civil War past year, and the new film is already generating loads of buzz thanks to director Ryan Coogler (Creed) and a loaded cast that also includes Lupita Nyong'o, Michael B. Jordan, and Angela Bassett.