Marvel's Black Panther takes a huge bite out of box office records

Marvel's Black Panther takes a huge bite out of box office records

Marvel's Black Panther takes a huge bite out of box office records

Since then, "Black Panther" has become a must-see movie for many moviegoers, underlined when Thursday previews brought in $25.2 million, the largest Thursday night preview gross for a February opener and the second-largest preview gross for a Marvel film.

The superhero film scored the fifth highest opening of all time in North America. This has been chalked up to the fact that numerous key action scenes were filmed in the port city of Busan.

Twitter users also noted that the man in the Black Panther costume didn't even have a ticket for that showing.

In second place, Sony's animated adventure comedy film "Peter Rabbit" took in an estimated USD17.25 million in its second weekend.

Other filming locations around Busan included Marine City, Gwangandaegyo Bridge and Jagalchi fish market.

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Comscore's PostTrak survey of the audience showed outstanding numbers with 77 percent rating "Black Panther" as "excellent" and another 18 percent as "very good".

During filming past year, director Ryan Coogler described Busan as "a place full of energy, where modern architecture and traditional buildings create great harmony against the backdrop of a attractive beach". Although the movie filters into the greater landscape of the Marvel Universe, what makes this movie different is that it championed African traditions, cultures, music and languages becoming the top-grossing film in history by a black director (Ryan Coogler) and featuring a largely black cast. In the global market, the film has performed the best in South Korea by registering a collection of $25.3 million, Variety reports.

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The film has proved popular across other Asian nations, beating the entire run of the Guardians of the Galaxy movie in Hong Kong, India, Korea, Malaysia, The Philippines, Taiwan and Thailand, Variety said. Overall North American moviegoing for the four-day period should hit $300 million - far above the $278 million mark in 2016, according to comScore.

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