We all knew that Black Panther was going to be a huge movie. The hype for the Marvel film, directed and co-written by Ryan Coogler (Fruitvale Station, Creed), has reached a fever pitch.

But now there are numbers to back up the hype. Deadline reports Black Panther is already beating out Captain America: Civil War as Fandango’s best-selling MCU title in the first 24 hours of presales.

Since presales help gauge how a film will do during opening weekend, this is big news. Captain America: Civil War jump-started the summer blockbuster season the first weekend of May 2106 with $179M. Black Panther doesn't have the advantage of a summer opening but it does open during the four-day President's Day holiday weekend on Feb. 16. And with the way fans have gone crazy every time a poster or new trailer is revealed, stacked with these early presale numbers from Fandango, the film is looking to have a huge weekend and possibly break a few records in the process.

Deadline says that if Black Panther comes close to doing Captain America: Civil War numbers, it would be the biggest movie opening for a February release ever. Already, in a recent Fandango survey, Black Panther was voted as one of the year’s top two most anticipated movies—coming in second to Marvel’s Avengers: Infinity War. 

Also added to the film's overall appeal is the music, with Kendrick Lamar curating and producing the soundtrack.

Check out the trailer for Black Panther below.


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