‘Black Panther’ on Track to be Biggest February Opening Ever

It’s the year’s most tweeted-about film.

It’s selling more advance Imax tickets than any Marvel movie.

And now, according to tracking estimates, it’s got a real shot at having the biggest February debut ever.

Marvel’s “Black Panther” continues to elevate its box-office expectations when it officially opens Friday, from early predictions of $120 million for the four-day holiday weekend to newer studio estimates of $150 million. Now, tracking estimates are putting the film’s domestic debut at somewhere between $165 million and $170 million, according to the Hollywood Reporter and Variety.

That means that the Black Panther has a fellow Marvel character in his cinematic sights.

Fox’s “Deadpool” holds the Presidents’ Day weekend record with a $152.2 million domestic debut two years ago (not adjusting for inflation). “Deadpool” also tallied $132.4 million over its opening three-day weekend — a February record, as well.

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SOURCE: The Washington Post, Michael Cavna