|Directed by||:||Ryan Coogler||Produced by||:||Kevin Feige||Based on||:||Black Panther by Stan Lee Jack Kirby||Starring||:||Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong'o, Danai Gurira, Martin Freeman, Daniel Kaluuya, Letitia Wright, Winston Duke||Production company||:||Marvel Studios||Distributed by||:||Walt Disney Studios, Motion Pictures|
'Black Panther' scores mighty $25.2 million Thursday debut
LOS ANGELES (AP) — "Black Panther" is well on its way to a record-making weekend at the North American box office.
The Walt Disney Co. estimates Friday that the superhero movie earned $25.2 million from its Thursday preview screenings. It's the second biggest for a Marvel Studios film behind "Avengers: Age of Ultron," which earned $27.6 million in previews, and the best for the month of February.
Preview screenings typically begin with 7pm Thursday showings.
"Black Panther" is now pacing to earn somewhere between $172 and $198 million across the four-day holiday weekend. It will far surpass the previous February record held by "Deadpool" which took in $152.2 million in 2016.