"Black Panther" Earns $66.5 Million In Debut Weekend at Chinese Box Office
This past week, Marvel’s Black Panther crossed the incredible threshold $1 billion globally, after being in theaters for a little under a month, joining a very exclusive club that is host to only 32 other films that have done the same, while being the only superhero origin story to do so.
Now, we can attribute some part that global success to an impressive opening weekend in China as the film grossed $66.5 million in its first three days in the eastern nation, making it the largest opening a Western film in China in 2018 so far.
Black Panther now sits at the No. 21 spot on the list the highest-grossing films all time, sitting $6 million behind DC’s The Dark Knight. Considering that the film just closed out with a little over $40 million domestically, holding on to its No. 1 spot in North America, its ascension up the list won’t be much a challenge in the coming weeks. This weekend marked the third-largest fourth weekend all time, trailing behind Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Avatar.
Currently, Marvel will be looking to best itself with the April 27th arrival its Avengers: Infinity War film. The movie is being heralded by the studio as the most expansive superhero movie ever, bringing in as many as 67 total hero characters into the mix—including characters from Black Panther.