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Black Panther officially most anticipated superhero movie ever going by advance ticket sales

The film has sold more than any other Marvel film on advance ticket site Fandango

Jacob Stolworthy
Thursday 01 February 2018 10:01 GMT
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Black Panther is on track to become one of the biggest ever superhero films according to its ticket pre-sales.

Fandango has reported that the Marvel film - directed by Ryan Coogler - has sold more advance tickets than any other superhero film let alone film released in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Earlier this month, the film overtook previous Marvel champion Captain America: Civil War in its first 24 hours alone and has now surpassed pre-sales amassed by Batman v Superman to become the most anticipated superhero film of all time.

Black Panther's advance ticket success will most likely be emulated on other sites signalling that, upon its release, it could smash opening weekend estimates of $90m (£66.8m).

If this is the case, the film may even soar past Deadpool's $132m (£97.9m) to become the highest-grossing February release of all time globally - a likely bet considering Batman v Superman achieved $166m.

Many believe that Black Panther will signal the start of the MCU's long-mooted second phase with its exploration of Wakanda, the fictional home to the warrior king T'Challa, played by Chadwick Boseman.

Starring alongside Nyong'o and Boseman are an impressive ensemble including Michael B. Jordan, Forrest Whitaker, Daniel Kaluuya, Letitia Wright, Martin Freeman, Andy Serkis and The Walking Dead star Danai Gurira. It will be Marvel's first film to be led by a person of colour.

The film premiered in Los Angeles on Monday (29 January) following which social media reactions praised the film as one of Marvel's greatest successes to date.

Black Panther is released in the UK on 12 February with its US release arriving a week later (18 February).

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