All that talk on social media about people boycotting “Black Panther” because co-star Michael B. Jordan might be dating a white woman might just be last week’s talk.
NOW the talk – backed up by actual box-office receipts – is that the Feb. 16 release is setting pre-sale records. “Marvel hasn’t seen anything like this since like ‘Captain America: Civil War,’ ” Ryan Cameron said in today’s Ryan Report. “The movie that, of course, introduced Chadwick Boseman as the ‘Black Panther.’ ”
“Black Panther’s initial pre-sales blew past mid-range expectations earlier this week,” according to BoxOffice Pro, comicbook.com reported. “While caution remains prudent as fans rush to grab tickets for the hotly anticipated Marvel film, the film’s current sales activity combined with a surge of social media momentum now has it definitively tracking closer to our high-end expectations.”
Those expectations? A $120 million opening. And for context, only one first entry to a standalone franchise has exceeded the $100 million mark its first weekend for Marvel Studios properties, noted comicbook.com. That was “Spider-Man: Homecoming.”
Added Ryan: “This is the one that everybody wants to see!”