Black Panther's Opening Weekend Crushes Box Office Records


Director Ryan Coogler's Black Panther didn't just win the box office this weekend. It shattered records. 

Marvel's latest superhero feature raked in the big bucks this weekend earning about $201.7 million according to early box-office estimates. Another $170 million was earned internationally, bringing the three-day total to more than $371 million. 

That tops previous big February winners like the $132 million earned by Deadpool back in 2016. Black Panther also became the highest-grossing movie of all time by a black director, and one featuring an almost entirely black cast. 

Black Panther didn't just earn a ton of money, it also earned a lot of great reviews with the movie receiving a rare "A+" from CinemaScore and a 97 percent approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes. 

The movie is expected to end up with the fifth biggest opening weekend of all time, coming in ahead of another Marvel movie, Avengers: Age of Ultron. 


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