Is "Black Panther" a billion-dollar movie?


Advance ticket sales for the movie opened at the beginning of this week, and the figures turned out to be far better than expected.

Those are the two competing forces at play between the warriors of Wakanda in this new Black Panther featurette from Marvel Studios.

"'Black Panther' is riding an incredible wave of momentum right now. Tickets have been going fast ever since presales started on Fandango late Monday", said Fandango Editor Erik Davis.

Fandango said a survey of more than 8,000 moviegoers showed that "Black Panther" was voted as one of the year's top two most anticipated movies, ranking second to Disney-Marvel's "Avengers: Infinity War", which includes numerous "Black Panther" characters, and Boseman was voted as the most anticipated comic book hero in a standalone movie.

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Another compelling revelation: the all-female Dora Milaje, the secret service that swears allegiance to the king (not that T'Challa can't handle most threats on his own) fights with a kind of collective consciousness. The film will open in theaters on February 16.

Meanwhile "Panther" actress Lupita Nyong'o has posted a video online revealing she wasn't able to purchase opening night tickets to the Ryan Coogler-directed epic starring Chadwick Boseman. Current estimates have "Black Panther" bringing in just around $85 million on its opening weekend on Feb. 16, still far below "Deadpool's" February record of $132.4 million.

Alongside Boseman, the movie features a star-studded cast which includes; Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong'o, Danai Gurira, Daniel Kaluuya (Get Out), Letitia Wright, Angela Bassett, Forest Whitaker and the list goes on.