People Really Want to See Black Panther

We won’t have to obsess much longer about seeing Black Panther in theaters. Black History Month is approaching and the hype building up to the movie’s February 16 release date has been like no other, literally, because pre-sales have bested all other Marvel films.

Variety reports:

Advance sales for Disney-Marvel’s “Black Panther” have set a new record for Fandango as the top seller among Marvel Cinematic Universe movies in the first 24 hours, topping “Captain America: Civil War.”


(Take that, Captain of America.)

Fandango said a survey of more than 8,000 moviegoers showed that “Black Panther” was voted as one of the year’s top two most anticipated movies, ranking second to Disney-Marvel’s “Avengers: Infinity War,” which includes many of the “Black Panther” characters, and Boseman was voted as the most anticipated comic book hero in a standalone movie.

Indeed, we’ve been wetting our underpants for a good two years, ever since we found out this movie was real and that Ryan Coogler was directing and that the cast would feature Lupita! Michael B. Jordan! and Daniel Kaluuya! and then the trailer confirmed it’ll be worth the wait.

Captain America: Civil War went on to gross $179 million in its opening weekend in 2016. According to Deadline, industry experts “do not believe at this point in time that Black Panther will emulate Civil War’s opening.”

Culture Editor, Jezebel

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As 2018 mom of the year, I’m planning on taking my son to a Thursday night showing. Popcorn for dinner. He’ll be a little sleepy Friday at school, but PRIORITIES, people! (And I mean like a 6pm showing so we’ll be getting home when he’d normally be in pajamas, teeth brushed, book read, etc.)

I’m hearing talk about a Dark Phoenix movie too. Dark Phoenix and Black Panther are the ones I have most wanted to see in the MCU. I’m pretty excited Black Panther is happening in my lifetime. More excited than I was for The Last Jedi, which is saying a lot for me.