Why Black Panther blew everyone away at the box office
Black Panther doubled initial box office tracking numbers in its opening weekend, smashing early $100 to $120 million projections with a record-breaking $235 million four-day total. This is good for the second biggest Marvel opening weekend and the fifth biggest domestic opening weekend of all time. These numbers are even more impressive when you consider the fact that Black Panther opened in February, which is typically one of the slowest box office months of the year.
How did Black Panther manage to crush expectations and take over the cultural consciousness? While every Marvel movie can be expected to be a commercial juggernaut, Black Panther's success is nearly unprecedented, and could have a ripple effect throughout Hollywood. Here's how Black Panther blew everyone away at the box office.