Black Panther is tracking to outsell all other first quarter-released films in the history of Fandango, according to the online ticket retailer.
Fandango says the superhero film - the first Marvel Studios movie to feature a black title character - is poised to outsell the previous record holders for a January-through-March wide domestic opening on their service, including 2012's The Hunger Games (which opend to $152.5 million) and Disney's live action Beauty and the Beast ($174.7m) in 2017.
"It’s not just a superhero movie, it’s a ground-breaking cultural event,” said Fandango Managing Editor Erik Davis . “It is hands-down the first major movie event of 2018, and the ecstatic reviews are fueling even greater anticipation. We’re also seeing increased interest from larger groups of ticket-buyers looking to celebrate next weekend’s historic release.”
The latest box office predictions for Black Panther had the film tracking for a $150 million 4-day debut as of January 25.
Black Panther opens in North American theaters February 16.