Fans came out in hordes to support the eagerly-anticipated latest instalment to the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Disney’s Black Panther claimed the top spot of the North American box office this weekend and is set for a super-heroic $218 million debut over the four-day Presidents Day holiday.
The action-packed film directed by Ryan Coogler also received the honor of the fifth largest three-day domestic opening in history, according to Box Office Mojo.
Drawing in an assessed $192 million for the three-day weekend, the Chadwick Boseman-led film is expected to earn coarsely $218 for a four-day performance – the highest debut for a February film.
Black Panther flew past previous record-holder Deadpool’s 2016 mark of $152 million for a Presidents Day weekend opening.
The film is reported to gross $169 million from the international market, estimating a global debut of $361 million through Sunday.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Jurassic World and Marvel’s The Avengers rank just slightly higher than Black Panther for all-time opening weekends at the box office.
Boseman depicts the newly-appointed ruler of the technologically savvy Wakanda, King T’Challa.
T’Challa’s conflict with Michael B. Jordan’s character Erik Killmonger is highlighted throughout the film, with unbelievable roles by Letitia Wright, Lupita Nyong’o, Angela Bassett, Danai Gurira and Daniel Kaluuya, to name very few of the star-studded cast.
Coming in second place in the box office was the film adaptation of Beatrix Potter’s classic tale Peter Rabbit.
The James Corden-voiced film directed by Will Gluck for Sony studios drew in an estimated $17.2 million, with expectations to reach $22 million for the four-day weekend.
Third-place box office leader was Universal’s Fifty Shades Freed with an estimated $16.9 million garnered through the three-day weekend, showing promise to acquire $19 million by the end of the holiday.
Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle became Sony’s second highest grossing domestic release of all-time over the weekend, netting an estimated $7.9 million in its third month in theatres.
The Dwyane ‘The Rock’ Johnson-led film has received more than $377.6 million since its domestic release in December.
The film also earned $4.8 million internationally, with $527 million gathered worldwide and a combined gross of $904 million.