With just three weeks to go before it opens, initial box office tracking is starting to come in on Marvel Studios’ Black Panther and it is looking very strong for the next solo superhero film from the studio’s intercnnected cinematic universe. Based on estimates from various tracking firms, Black Panther is on course to pull anywhere between $120 million and $150 million over the four-day President’s Day weekend it opens.
The current box office champ for the Presidents Day holiday weekend is Deadpool. The Fox Studios comedic superhero film pulled $152.1 million in 2016.
Directed by Ryan Coogler, the film will focus on T’Challa (Chadwick Boseman), the newly crowned king of the fictional African country of Wakanda, who protects his realm and its advanced technology under the hereditary mask and title of the Black Panther.
The Black Panther debuted in the Marvel Cinematic Universe in 2016’s Captain America: Civil War., an appearance that excited fans for the upcoming solo film. The film may also be getting a boast from the marketing for Marvel’s next film, The Avengers: Infinity War, which features Boseman and the Black Panther somewhat prominently.