7:57am PT by Graeme McMillan
'Black Panther' Sets Marvel Presales Record for First 24 Hours
Marvel Studios’ Black Panther won’t reach theaters until next month, but Ryan Coogler’s superhero movie has already broken a record for the studio. Ticket site Fandango is reporting that it is the best-selling Marvel Cinematic Universe movie in terms of presales after its first 24 hours.
The movie opened for advance ticket sales at the start of the week, and has already overtaken previous top-seller Captain America: Civil War (the movie that, of course, introduced Chadwick Boseman as T’Challa, the Black Panther, to the MCU in the first place).
“Black Panther is riding an incredible wave of momentum right now,” Fandango Editor Erik Davis said in a statement. “It’s one of the biggest and most anticipated movies to ever open in the month of February, and its trailers have electrified the Internet. Tickets have been going fast ever since presales started on Fandango late Monday.”
The movie, which features Lupita Nyong’o and Michael B. Jordan alongside Boseman, has been eagerly anticipated since its announcement; viewing figures for its first trailer last summer outstripped numbers for Captain America: Civil War, Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, immediately becoming one of the three most-watched Marvel trailers in its first 24 hours.
Black Panther opens Feb. 16.