Marvel Studios’ “Black Panther” has already entered the record books after a single night in U.S. theaters.
The first solo movie featuring Marvel’s African avenger took in an estimated $25.2 million on Thursday. That is nearly double the $12.7 million record for a February preview night set in 2016 by Twentieth Century Fox’s R-rated comic book flick “Deadpool.”
Within the Marvel cinematic universe, only “Avengers: Age of Ultron” earned more in Thursday night previews.
“Black Panther” is currently tracking for a massive $165 million U.S. opening over the Presidents Day weekend, up from a previous estimate of $150 million a week ago.
The movie is the 18th installment in Marvel’s series of interconnected superhero films, but it has injected fresh energy into the franchise.
Directed by African-American filmmaker Ryan Coogler, “Black Panther” is the first Marvel film to feature a predominantly black cast and a story steeped in African culture. It stars Chadwick Boseman as T’Challa, the leader and titular protector of the fictional nation Wakanda.