Black Panther Poised to Cross $1 Billion Worldwide This Weekend. Next Friday, Marvel’s Black Panther Full Movie celebrates one month since its domestic release. This weekend, Ryan Coogler‘s superhero film should cross the $1 billion-mark at the international box office. That’s crazy. If it crosses that mark this weekend, the film will be in great company as one of the fastest billion-dollar earnersever. The worldwide tally will be helped out in a big way by the film’s last major international opening date in China today where early estimates point to a $22.7 million frame. Black Panther Full Movie currently sits at $940.3 million as of last night’s ticket sales, so a strong international debut and a solid domestic performance should be enough to bump Marvel’s latest superhero movie into the 10-figure club.
If China’s box office estimate holds, that’ll make Black Panther the third-highest opening day ever for any MCU/super-hero title there, behind only Avengers: Age of Ultron and Captain America: Civil War; it’s also right around the same mark as Spider-Man: Homecoming. Black Panther just passed that particular film on the international box office level as of yesterday, as well. Even with a 50-60% drop from last week’s domestic weekend total, Black Panther could still bring in between $26.5 to $33 million; a similar performance on the international market would net another $23.1 to $28.9 million. Add in China’s expected estimate, and the film should easily cross $1 billion this weekend.
Black Panther 2 Already Has a Solid Direction Says Kevin Feige. Even if it didn’t stand a chance of being the biggest film at the 2018 box office, Black Panther would probably get a sequel. But since the film is creeping towards a billion worldwide, Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige has no hesitation acknowledging that there will be a Black Panther 2, and that they’re already kicking around ideas for what it could be.
Note that co-writer/director Ryan Coogler hasn’t officially signed on to direct the sequel, which will be interesting to see if his idea for a sequel is in line with what Marvel wants (or if that solid direction is something Coogler himself provided in developing the first movie). Presumably, Coogler, should he return, would be given more freedom in the same way that Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2 has even more of James Gunn’s personality than the raucous first film.
As for where the sequel could go, we don’t know how things will change post-Infinity War. In the interview, Feige says Wakanda will be an anchor point similar to Asgard, and I think fans would be pretty bummed if Wakanda got totally destroyed. Wakanda for a Few Months, doesn’t have quite the same ring to it as Wakanda Forever. Personally, I’m interesting to see more of the political side of Black Panther, especially as T’Challa has to wrestle with what it means to open your borders.