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“Black Panther” Breaks Records

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Black Panther destroyed expectations, taking in $192 million in its first weekend.  And it’s expected to make $218 million to $222 million by the end of the President’s Day weekend tonight.

It’s already broken the record for biggest February opening formerly held by “Deadpool” with $152 million.

It’s also the biggest pre-summer opening weekend ever, beating “Beauty and the Beast’s” $175 million.

It’s also the biggest opening for a superhero movie with only one hero.  The previous record-holder was “Iron Man 3” with $174 million.

And it’s almost double the previous record-holder for biggest opening for a movie with a black director.  F. Gary Gray had the previous record for “The Fate of the Furious” . . . $98.8 million.

The other two new movies this weekend, “Early Man” and “Samson”, didn’t do quite so well.

Here’s the Top 10 . . .

1.  NEW:  “Black Panther”, $192 million.

 

2.  “Peter Rabbit”, $17.3 million.  Up to $48.2 million in its 2nd week.

 

3.  “Fifty Shades Freed”, $16.9 million.  Up to $76.1 million in its 2nd week.

 

4.  “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle”, $7.9 million.  Up to $377.6 million in its 9th week.

 

5.  “The 15:17 to Paris”, $7.7 million.  Up to $25.4 million in its 2nd week.

 

6.  “The Greatest Showman”, $5.1 million.  Up to $154.5 million in its 9th week.

 

7.  NEW:  “Early Man”, $3.2 million.

 

8.  “Maze Runner: The Death Cure”, $2.5 million.  Up to $54 million in its 4th week.

 

9.  “Winchester”, $2.2 million.  Up to $21.9 million in its 3rd week.

 

10.  NEW:  “Samson”, $2 million.