Another day, another box office estimate falls before Marvel Studios’ Black Panther. After earning $201.8M in its first three days, the Ryan Coogler-directed film was projected to haul in $235M through four days at the domestic box office. Now, that industry-estimated total is up to $242M.
It’s the best four-day opening for any superhero film, surpassing The Avengers ($226.3M). It also beat Star Wars: The Last Jedi ($241.6M) for the second best four-day total of any film ever released at the North American box office. The only film with a better four-day opening is Star Wars: The Force Awakens ($288.1M).
Black Panther, the first film in a standalone franchise, had a better first four days in North America than every other film except than the first sequel in 30 years for arguably the most revered franchise in all of cinema (since those movies from 1999 to 2005 were prequels). Many were confident in Black Panther‘s box office prospects, but no one called that.
We will have to see the final totals for yesterday, as Black Panther may have also had the best Monday of any film ever. Its estimated $40M-$40.1M Monday is within striking distance of The Force Awakens ($40.1M). Those final figures should be available later today.