Sunday, April 21, 2024

Bang! “Black Panther” Scores $235Mil 4 Day Weekend, Second Biggest Sunday in History with $60.1 Mil, Breaks Records Everywhere


“Black Panther” scored another record yesterday: second biggest Sunday ever. Ryan Coogler’s blockbuster took in $60.1 million, probably because Saturday night results were suppressed by bad weather in so many places. “BP” just missed the Sunday record by about $400K, held by “The Force Awakens.”

The three day weekend will come in around $202 million. The four day weekend could get up to $235 million. That will make it respectively 5th place for the former, 3rd place for the latter. “Black Panther” is the biggest Marvel movie, and biggest comic book movie (if you don’t count the “Star Wars” series).

Final numbers will be in tomorrow.

Needless to say, sequels are coming. There are many reports that Coogler doesn’t have a contract for a sequel, but that’s always the case with these franchise movies and not a big story. Patty Jenkins was in the same situation with “Wonder Woman.”

Don’t worry, Coogler will be back for one if not two more “Panthers.” The great treat will be seeing all the other terrific black actors out there gettingĀ  cameos, villains, etc. as the series progresses. It’s about time, too.

Meantime, the soundtrack CD, which sold 156K copies in its first week, has slowed down over the weekend. Interscope only moved about 25K copies on Friday and Saturday. We’ll see how it does this week…

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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