Friday, May 24, 2024

“Black Panther” Adds $65Mil on Saturday Night, Makes $192 Mil for 3 Day Weekend, $361Mil Worldwide


“Black Panther” had to battle — of all things– snow and really bad weather last night seemingly everywhere.

The result was about a 14% drop from Friday to Saturday, and $65 million at the box office. That brings it to $141 million in two days. Not bad! The 3 day weekend will fall somewhere between $190 million and $200 million. That’s a February record.

But that also keeps “Panther” as the sixth highest opening ever, well behind Marvel’s “The Avengers.”

Still, Ryan Coogler gets all the credit for delivering a movie with characters and a theme unseen before– not a sequel but an original idea. Remember when Ryan went to Forest Whitaker for help making “Fruitvale Station”? Wasn’t that like, last month? (Kidding. Close.)

Internationally, “Black Panther” breaks the myth that black movies won’t play to a global crowd. The worldwide total is $361 million for three days. So much for that myth. Hollywood has new rules with movies like “Black Panther,” “Get Out,” and “Girls Trip” all going through the roof!

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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