News & Opinion | February 13, 2018 5:00 am

‘Black Panther’ Now Tracking For Stunning $165M U.S. Debut

Projections for the film keep rising.

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Black Panther (IMDB)

The news only gets better for Disney and Marvel Studios’ Black Panther, which opens in North America on Friday. NRG, Hollywood’s leading tracking service, revised its opening weekend estimate to $165 million or more for the four-day Presidents Day Weekend. If this is true, it would be the top February launch of all time, reports The Hollywood Reporter. Two weeks ago, NRG forecast a domestic opening of $125 million. One week ago, that number had shot up to $150 million-plus. Black Panther has the potential to land one of the top five or six openings ever for a superhero movie. The movie is unprecedented in being a big-budget studio tentpole featuring a virtually all-black cast. It is directed by Ryan Coolger and stars T’Challa/Black Panther alongside Lupita Nyong’o, Michael B. Jordan, Daniel Kaluuya, Letitia Wright, Winston Duke, Angela Bassett, Forest Whitaker and Andy Serkis. The movie has a stunning 97 percent score on Rotten Tomatoes, which is the best of any title in the Marvel universe.