It’s a huge weekend for Marvel fans, movie fans, and those that have always dreamed of seeing representation on the big screen. The question isn’t whether or not Black Panther will top the box office; it’s how much money will it bring with it when it arrives there. Here’s our prediction:
Black Panther comes from director Ryan Coogler and stars Chadwick Boseman as T’Challa/Black Panther, the king of Wakanda and the character introduced in Captain America: Civil War. The film co-stars Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira, Martin Freeman, Daniel Kaluuya, Letitia Wright, Winston Duke, Angela Bassett, Forest Whitaker, and Andy Serkis. Reviews have been absolutely incredible for the film, and its pre-sales are larger than virtually any other Marvel movie. Anticipation for Black Panther is high, and there’s no question that it will deliver the goods. Look for a first place debut with $180 million over the three-day weekend.
As for the rest of the top five, Peter Rabbit will be in second place with $18 million. Fifty Shades Freed will tumble to third place with $14 million. Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle will be in fourth place with $8 million, while The 15:17 to Paris will close things out in fifth place with $6 million.
So, to recap, here are our predictions:
1) Black Panther – $180 million
2) Peter Rabbit – $18 million
3) Fifty Shades Freed – $14 million
4) Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle – $8 million
5) The 15:17 to Paris – $6 million
Be sure to check back on Sunday to see how the three-day weekend turns out!