Black Panther is three weeks away from its domestic opening weekend. The film has now hit the tracking boards, which have it set for $100M to $120M in its first three days in North America. Any final number within that range would give Black Panther the best opening weekend for the debut film in any Marvel Studios solo franchise.

Tracking on Black Panther will continue each week up until its release, so these projections (and ultimately, the final number) could go even higher. That would just be a bonus, however, as any opening weekend number within the current tracking would be an outstanding result and kickoff a strong box office run.

Marvel Studios has had some mammoth opening weekends in their ten years making movies, but the biggest debut for the first film in any individual franchise (so excluding The Avengers) remains the studio’s very first film. Iron Man currently tops that list with $98.6M. I’ve also excluded Spider-Man: Homecoming ($117M) from this category since it was the franchise’s sixth movie since 2002, even if it was the first to actually take place in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Black Panther is going to be packing multiplexes in just a few weeks. Fans and casual moviegoers are excited. Churches, charities, and other community organizations have been buying out theaters to host screenings. The film also had the highest first day of advanced ticket sales in Marvel Studios history.

You can already feel the momentum this film is generating. A strong opening is assured at this point and if the film is as good as it looks, it could compete with the very best worldwide box office totals of any standalone superhero debut. The royal coronation begins in just a few weeks.

Marvel Studios’ Black Panther is in theaters February 16 and tickets are on sale now.

SOURCE: The Hollywood Reporter