The King is certainly reigning as Black Panther‘s advance tickets went on sale earlier this week. The film has already overtaken previous top-seller Captain America: Civil War, setting up the T’Challa solo film to be the biggest origin film in the studio’s history. An incredible feat for all involved. Currently, non-Disney estimates before tracking believe Black Panther will debut with an $80M-$85M start with a possible shot at $100M-plus.
Fandango has not released specific figures for Black Panther‘s first day of advance tickets sales, but considering the film is fast becoming a blockbuster before its even debuted and that it’s sales have bested that of Captain America: Civil War‘s tickets sales, you can bet they are pretty high. Civil War made a massive $179 million domestic opening weekend on its way to $1.15 billion in worldwide ticket sales overall.
“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.”
Black Panther is the first standalone film to focus on the titular character that first appeared onscreen in Captain America: Civil War in 2016. The new film is already generating a lot of buzz thanks in part to Ryan Coogler sitting in the director’s chair and a cast that including Lupita Nyong’o, Michael B. Jordan, Daniel Kaluuya, Forest Whittaker, and Angela Bassett. Earlier this week, Disney and Marvel also debuted a new trailer for Black Panther, featuring music from Kendrick Lamar, which aired during the College Football Playoff National Championship.
With all this hype and scarcity of tickets, it’s important to not forget who these movies are truly made for, younger people. So Fredrick Joseph has started a GoFundMe campaign so kids in Harlem, New York, can go see the movie when it comes out next month and thanks to some big-name celebrities, the “Wakanda Forever!” campaign is growing faster than a spreading fast.
Thanks to all the amazing support, I am announcing the #BlackPantherChallenge. I'm challenging you to start a @gofundme to buy tix for kids in your city to see Black Panther! 10 campaigns that join the #BlackPantherChallenge will receive $100. read & share:https://t.co/KQ6vXdY95O
— Frederick Joseph (@FredTJoseph) January 10, 2018
“I knew I wanted to do something for the children, especially of Harlem, because it was a community primarily of color,” Joseph, told CNN. “I said to myself, how can I get as many children as possible to see this film and see themselves as a superhero or a king or queen? Representation and inclusion are legitimately essential pillars to creating dreams for yourself,” he added.
Black Panther is a rare opportunity for young students to see a black major cinematic and comic book character come to life. This representation is truly fundamental for young people, especially those who are often underserved and marginalized both nationally and globally.
Black Panther opens in theaters on February 16.