Black Panther had a monster opening weekend

The reports are in and after receiving glowing reviews, Black Panther had a monster opening weekend.

At the time of writing, Black Panther has the following scores:

  • Metacritic: 88% based on 53 critic reviews.
  • Rotten Tomatoes: 97% fresh based on 297 reviews, and an average audience rating of 4/5 (76%) with 56,388 ratings.
  • IMDb: 7.9 (weighted average), 7.8 (arithmetic mean), 8.0 (median).

In the U.S. and Canada, Black Panther raked in $192 million at the box office, making it the fifth-biggest opening in North America to-date.

Globally, it was the fifteenth biggest opening since 2002 and earned $361 million between the day of its release and Sunday.

Below are the rankings of the biggest openings in cinema globally since 2002, and in North America, as taken from Wikipedia (which cites Box Office Mojo).

(Random lessons learnt from this: holy crap Disney is going to be making a lot of money from the franchises it’s acquired. And holy crap Harry Potter was a huge deal for Warner Brothers.)

Movie opening weekend ranking in U.S. and Canada

Rank Film Year Opening Weekend
(three day)
Inflation-adjusted (2018 USD)
1 Star Wars: The Force Awakens 2015 $247,966,675 $256,008,273
2 Star Wars: The Last Jedi 2017 $220,009,584 $220,009,584
3 Jurassic World 2015 $208,806,270 $215,577,890
4 Marvel's The Avengers 2012 $207,438,708 $221,119,620
5 Black Panther 2018 $192,023,000 $192,023,000

Biggest movie openings worldwide since 2002

Rank Film Year Opening (USD)
1 The Fate of the Furious 2017 $541,937,239
2 Star Wars: The Force Awakens 2015 $528,966,675
3 Jurassic World 2015 $524,909,010
4 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 2011 $483,189,427
5 Star Wars: The Last Jedi 2017 $450,821,889
6 Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice 2016 $422,507,347
7 Furious 7 2015 $397,627,459
8 Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince 2009 $394,022,354
9 Marvel's The Avengers 2012 $392,538,708
10 Avengers: Age of Ultron 2015 $392,471,109
11 Transformers: Dark of the Moon 2011 $382,425,000
12 Spider-Man 3 2007 $381,660,892
13 Captain America: Civil War 2016 $379,539,142
14 Iron Man 3 2013 $372,553,677
15 Black Panther 2018 $361,023,000
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I was expecting this, I am very sceptical tho, the last few superhero movies has been rather dissapointing for me. I just dont see the point of wasting my money on it - So I shall wait for dvd I also cannot support watching the movie in 3D only - WHY do they only release 3D and the 2D people have to wait at least 2 weeks before being able to watch it.

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The movie was brilliantly done. im quite surprised its not higher up on that list

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that’s weird, i had the option to watch it in either 2d or 3d here in joburg. i chose 3d though

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I cant watch 3D - if you want someone throwing up on you make me watch 3D :stuck_out_tongue:

We might have 2D options but you cant book them online 90% of the time - and I refuse to stand in those queues. i dunnot I think the superhero movies are now the zombie tv shows - totally over it.

Saw it last night. Great movie. Really enjoyed it.

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Black Panther was excellent, but most of the movies from the MCU are.

For once, there seem to be a few decent 2D options in opening week. I looked up 2D options in Cape Town last night:

  • Canal Walk has a Scene VIP 2D option. There may be other Nu Metro options, but their site doesn’t make it easy to see and we had a really good experience there, so I can recommend it.

  • For Ster-Kinekor there is Blue Route, N1 City, and Tygervalley.

We’ve booked online for 2D movies fo both chains — no issues.

Thanks :slight_smile:
To be honest, movies are a luxury this year :smiley: So I shall be patient - I dont need to see it first :smiley:

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it must be a cape town thing then cause i was able to book online and besides the movie theaters have self-service desks now so no ques…the only ques will be for slushies and popcorn

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Which I NEVER buy anymore - yes I am that person who brings my own snacks into a movie.

The last one we went to see was Thor: Ragnarok - and I was put off simply because they tried to hard to get the comedy of gaurdians - which caused me to hate thor

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Ragnarok was awesome!

There was some comic relief and sillyness between Thor and Hulk to break the tension, but otherwise the overarching story was quite serious.

Agreed the trailer was a little bit 80s, but the more light-hearted sections of the movie had a different tone to Guardians.

I thought the bad superhero movies you were referring to were maybe the DC ones! :crying_cat_face:

EDIT: My wife is 100% with you on the snacks thing. It’s simply getting too expensive.

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I dunno hey, I prefer the slightly more serious feel that the other thor movies had. I will be honest Ragnarok just felt like a filler - almost as bad as the TV show has become. I still love the Marvels world more than DC - you cant pay me to go watch a DC movie - especially since they broke it with using someone else besides the TV Flash.

We try to go watch only at numetro of late - Tygervalley ster kinekor is filthy, you cant use the bathrooms and their staff just put me off buying food there.

But yea like I said, maybe Avengers. That I might go watch, the last movie I LOVED was Dr Strange. Maybe its the onrigin story firsts that make the first one so much better.

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I don’t watch movies at the cinema anymore. The last couple of times there were loud noisy people who spoil the movie for other people.


I actually really enjoyed Wonder Woman and the new Justice League movie — Batfleck is growing on me and Jason Mamoa was always going to be awesome. He’s the only way they were going to make Aquaman not suck.

That said, I completely understand what you mean regarding the separate TV and movie DC universes and the TV Flash not being used for the movie! I also completely understand folks who complain about how easy the big bad was for the Justice League in the end. (mild spoiler)

It just didn’t bother me that much.

Wonder woman yes - that was also very good and rewatchable - I have learnt I cant rewatch most of the movies - wonder woman yes, that is a rewatchable movie even if they have bobblehead playing the lead main dude :smile:

To be honest, Justice League disappointed me way to much, the only saving grace was Jason Momoa as Aquaman - to get my Jason fix tho I rather watch Frontier.

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Update: Black Panther opened at number one on Ster-Kinekor’s box office charts this weekend, ahead of Fifty Shades Freed.

Apparently in Germany Fifty Shades was number one, then Black Panther :laughing:.

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hahaha what a strange twist…