Box Office: 'Black Panther' Is Still Tracking For Record Crushing Opening

Earlier this week, rival studios and analysts told TheWrap that a $200 million four-day opening for "Black Panther" was fully in the realm of possibility. After an opening day total of $75.8 million from 4,020 screens, that target is now very likely, with analysts also now expecting Ryan Coogler's superhero film to set a new record for the biggest pre-summer opening weekend in box office history, currently held by last year's "Beauty and the Beast" with $174.7 million.

On Thursday, "Black Panther" made a whopping $25.2 million in preview screenings, just behind the $27.6 million made by "Avengers: Age of Ultron" for second among all Marvel films. Now, "Black Panther" might pass "Age of Ultron"'s $204 million four-day start, with estimates for its President's Day opening ranging between $200-210 million. Three-day weekend estimates are currently set at $180-185 million, which would not only set the new pre-summer opening record, but would also be the sixth-highest opening weekend of all-time and the biggest opening weekend for a superhero movie outside the two "Avengers" films.

The critical reception for "Black Panther" has also been history-making, as the film now holds the highest score in Rotten Tomatoes history for a superhero movie with 97 percent. On top of that, opening night audiences gave the film an A+ in CinemaScore polls, putting "Black Panther" alongside "The Avengers" as the only two MCU films to earn an A+.

Elsewhere on the charts, last week's openers "Peter Rabbit" and "Fifty Shades Freed" are neck-and-neck for a very distant second place finish. "Peter Rabbit" is currently estimated for a $17 million three-day/$22 million four-day second weekend after making $4 million on its second Friday. That's just a 28 percent drop-off from its $25 million opening and would give Sony's hybrid animated film a $54 million 11-day total. Universal's "Fifty Shades Freed," after making $10.8 million on Valentine's Day, is looking at a $16.6/$18.5 million second weekend, which would give it a total of around $77 million by the end of the weekend, 15 percent behind the pace for "Fifty Shades Darker."

In fourth is "Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle," which will become Sony's second-highest grossing film of all-time with an $8.3/$10.9 million weekend. That will push its total to $380 million, passing "Spider-Man 2" on the studio charts. It also puts the film in position to pass "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2" for the No. 4 spot on the 2017 domestic charts sometime next week.

WB/Village Roadshow's "15:17 to Paris" completes the top five this weekend with an estimated second frame of $7.3/$9.8 million, which would give the film an 11-day total of $27 million. Just below it is Fox's "The Greatest Showman," which finally exited the top five in its ninth weekend in theaters with an estimated $6.6 million four-day total. However, this is still a big weekend for the Hugh Jackman musical, as it will pass the domestic total of "La La Land" with an estimated $155 million cume.

The only two wide releases daring to open against "Black Panther" this weekend were the Lionsgate/Aardman stop-motion animation film "Early Man" and the Pure Flix faith-based film "Samson." "Early Man" is currently sitting in the No. 7 spot with an estimated four-day opening of $5 million from 2,494 screens, while "Samson" is No. 11 with $2.2 million from 1,249 screens.

Marvel Cinematic Universe Movies Ranked, From Worst to Best:

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  • Slide 3 of 20: <p><strong>18. “The Incredible Hulk” (2008) </strong></p><p>Released just five years after <a href="/search/Ang Lee">Ang Lee</a>’s “Hulk,” this second attempt to make a leading man out of the big green Gamma-radiated creature proved to be similarly disappointing. If we’ve learned anything from the Avengers movies, it’s that Bruce Banner works best when he’s a supporting character (and when he’s played by <a href="/search/Mark Ruffalo">Mark Ruffalo</a>).</p>
  • Slide 4 of 20: <p><strong>17. “Ant-Man” (2015) <br></strong></p><p>While this movie deserves credit for not putting the fate of mankind on the line -- the stakes are more child’s-toy-train-sized -- the film’s stabs at humor seem overplayed, and little of <a href="/search/Paul Rudd">Paul Rudd</a>’s natural charm comes to the forefront of what should be a breezy caper. We can only wonder what <a href="/search/Edgar Wright">Edgar Wright</a>’s original version might have been like.</p>
  • Slide 5 of 20: <p><strong>16. “Thor” (2011) </strong></p><p>Director <a href="/search/Kenneth Branagh">Kenneth Branagh</a> nails the thee-and-thou of the Asgard segments, but the small town where the climax plays out is one of the screen’s cheesiest fake cities since the terrible 1980s “Supergirl” movie. On the upside, actor <a href="/search/Chris Hemsworth">Chris Hemsworth</a> demonstrates a twinkly wit in this thunder god adventure, matched with impressive brawn.</p>
  • Slide 6 of 20: <p><strong>15. “Iron Man 2" (2010) </strong></p><p>The best MCU movies do a good job of distracting you from all the setting-up of future franchise entries; this one offers so much empire-building that it might as well have a “Pardon Our Dust” sign on it. Still, the first appearance of Scarlett Johansson as the Black Widow, dispatching a hallway’s worth of opponents, made an unforgettable impression.</p>
  • Slide 7 of 20: <p><strong>14. "Captain America: The First Avenger" (2011) </strong></p><p>Much as he did in “The Rocketeer,” director <a href="/search/Joe Johnston">Joe Johnston</a> excels at portraying the gloss of the 1940s, although the characters aren’t nearly as vivid as the USO bunting. But fear not, true believers -- Cap’s onscreen adventures got way better in his subsequent solo and team movies.</p>
  • Slide 8 of 20: <p><strong>13. "Thor: The Dark World" (2013) </strong></p><p>Firmly average, yes, but an improvement on its predecessor and a straight-up good time, skillfully balancing superheroics, second bananas, entertaining villains and the occasional killer one-liner. By no means a cornerstone of the MCU, but this one, mostly, works.</p>
  • Slide 9 of 20: <p><strong>12. “Iron Man 3” (2013)</strong> </p><p>Director and co-writer <a href="/search/Shane Black">Shane Black</a> doesn’t always have the tightest grasp on the story -- what does the nefarious Extremis do again, and why? -- but he shows off his skill at witty banter (which Robert Downey, Jr. can perform within an inch of its life) and breathtaking action (a mid-air rescue of a dozen passengers who have just tumbled out of Air Force One).</p>
  • Slide 10 of 20: <p><strong>11. “The Avengers: Age of Ultron" (2015) </strong> </p><p>It’s always fun when the band gets back together, but it’s also difficult to recapture the magic of that first time. This sequel offers plenty of excitement and <a href="/search/Joss Whedon-">Joss Whedon-</a>scripted badinage, but it’s also a little overstuffed with supporting characters and set-ups for the next round of MCU movies. Lovers and haters of superhero movies can both find bolsters for their arguments here.</p>
  • Slide 11 of 20: <p><strong>10.

    The band is back together, and they're as bristly hilarious as in their first outing, but overall this sequel feels like it's just vamping (entertainingly) until the next major plot shift in the MCU. Kurt Russell pops up as Ego the Living Planet, who claims to be the long-lost father of Peter Quill/Star-Lord (Chris Pratt), and while the movie is more concerned with character and emotion than plot, not all of the moving moments ring true.

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  • Slide 12 of 20: <p><strong>9.

    Director Taika Waititi ("Hunt for the Wilderpeople") strikes a delicate balance between breathless action and fate-of-the-universe stakes on one hand and tongue-in-cheek silliness and snappy banter on the other. Luckily, he's got Chris Hemsworth, who excels at both, surrounded by the witty likes of Tom Hiddleston, Mark Ruffalo and franchise newbies Tessa Thompson, Jeff Goldblum and a gloriously over-the-top Cate Blanchett.

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  • Slide 13 of 20: <p><strong>8.

    The plotting and pacing aren't as tight as in "Winter Soldier," but if you're looking for dark human conflict and rousing superhero-on-superhero action, this movie does a whole lot right that "Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice" did wrong.

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  • Slide 14 of 20: <p><strong>7. "Iron Man" (2008) </strong></p><p>It all starts here -- a superhero origin story for literalists who can’t get behind exploding planets or radioactive spiders. <a href="/search/Jon Favreau">Jon Favreau</a>, then most famous for directing "Elf" and writing and co-starring in "Swingers," seemed an odd choice for the material, but he knows how to give us both the characters (played by Downey and <a href="/search/Gwyneth Paltrow">Gwyneth Paltrow</a> with panache) and the ka-blam.</p>
  • Slide 15 of 20: <p><strong>6. Black Panther (2018) </strong></p><p>While Chadwick Boseman's titular African king-superhero takes something of a back seat to a troika of fascinating female characters -- played by Lupita Nyong'o, Danai Gurira and Letitia Wright -- the movie nonetheless overflows with excitement and rich backstory. (And Michael B. Jordan's Killmonger ranks among the franchise's greatest villains.)</p>
  • Slide 16 of 20: <p><strong>5.

    Less guilt-driven and haunted than previous iterations of the character (on the page or screen), Tom Holland's Spider-Man has enough on his plate dealing with his superhero growing pains. Hungry to join The Avengers but still grappling with all he has to learn -- he's only 15, after all -- our hero faces off against blue-collar bad guy The Vulture (Michael Keaton, Birdman at last) in an adventure that's breezy and funny while also featuring genuine stakes, terrific characterizations and wonderfully detailed casting. (You gotta love a teen movie that works in Zendaya, Tony Revolori, Abraham Attah and J.J. Totah, plus scene-stealing newcomer Jacob Batalon.)

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  • Slide 17 of 20: <p><strong>4. "Doctor Strange" (2016)</strong></p><p>It would be all too easy to make the spell-casting Master of the Mystic Arts look ridiculous on the big screen, but somehow director <a href="/search/Scott Derrickson">Scott Derrickson</a> and his crew gave us a version of surgeon-turned-magician Dr. Stephen Strange (<a href="/search/Benedict Cumberbatch">Benedict Cumberbatch</a>), who seems at home in the real world, rubbing shoulders with the Avengers, and traversing trippy, eye-popping dimensions where none other could go.</p>
  • Slide 18 of 20: <p><strong>3. “Guardians of the Galaxy" (2014) </strong></p><p>Breezy, flippant and soaking in the super hits of the ’70s, this comedy adventure is something of an outlier -- both tonally and geographically -- in the Marvel Universe. Still, whether or not Rocket Raccoon and Black Widow ever cross paths, this star-spanning saga was a reminder that there’s more than one way to tell a superhero story.</p>
  • Slide 19 of 20: <p><strong>2. “Captain America: The Winter Soldier" (2014) </strong></p><p>Aggressive patriotism meets anti-government paranoia in this exciting tale that pits the Captain against labyrinthine conspiracies. It also turns out that Steve Rogers is way more interesting displaced in time in the 2000s than firmly at home in the 1940s. And you will believe The Falcon can fly.</p>
  • Slide 20 of 20: <p><strong>1. “The Avengers" (2012) </strong></p><p>Still the gold standard of the MCU, this movie reveals that Joss Whedon gets comic books down to their DNA, in the same way that <a href="/search/Steven Spielberg">Steven Spielberg</a> and <a href="/search/George Lucas">George Lucas</a> were fluent in the language of serials in the “Indiana Jones” movies. Putting all these heroes in one room (or helicarrier, anyway) yielded terrific results, even if the film’s success led to the all-superheroes-all-the-time ethos of contemporary Hollywood.</p>
>Full screen 1/20 SLIDES © Provided by The Wrap News, Inc.
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18. “The Incredible Hulk” (2008)

Released just five years after Ang Lee’s “Hulk,” this second attempt to make a leading man out of the big green Gamma-radiated creature proved to be similarly disappointing. If we’ve learned anything from the Avengers movies, it’s that Bruce Banner works best when he’s a supporting character (and when he’s played by Mark Ruffalo).

4/20 SLIDES © Disney/Marvel

17. “Ant-Man” (2015)

While this movie deserves credit for not putting the fate of mankind on the line -- the stakes are more child’s-toy-train-sized -- the film’s stabs at humor seem overplayed, and little of Paul Rudd’s natural charm comes to the forefront of what should be a breezy caper. We can only wonder what Edgar Wright’s original version might have been like.

5/20 SLIDES © Marvel

16. “Thor” (2011)

Director Kenneth Branagh nails the thee-and-thou of the Asgard segments, but the small town where the climax plays out is one of the screen’s cheesiest fake cities since the terrible 1980s “Supergirl” movie. On the upside, actor Chris Hemsworth demonstrates a twinkly wit in this thunder god adventure, matched with impressive brawn.

6/20 SLIDES © Disney/Marvel

15. “Iron Man 2" (2010)

The best MCU movies do a good job of distracting you from all the setting-up of future franchise entries; this one offers so much empire-building that it might as well have a “Pardon Our Dust” sign on it. Still, the first appearance of Scarlett Johansson as the Black Widow, dispatching a hallway’s worth of opponents, made an unforgettable impression.

7/20 SLIDES © Marvel

14. "Captain America: The First Avenger" (2011)

Much as he did in “The Rocketeer,” director Joe Johnston excels at portraying the gloss of the 1940s, although the characters aren’t nearly as vivid as the USO bunting. But fear not, true believers -- Cap’s onscreen adventures got way better in his subsequent solo and team movies.

8/20 SLIDES © Disney/Marvel

13. "Thor: The Dark World" (2013)

Firmly average, yes, but an improvement on its predecessor and a straight-up good time, skillfully balancing superheroics, second bananas, entertaining villains and the occasional killer one-liner. By no means a cornerstone of the MCU, but this one, mostly, works.

9/20 SLIDES © Disney/Marvel

12. “Iron Man 3” (2013)

Director and co-writer Shane Black doesn’t always have the tightest grasp on the story -- what does the nefarious Extremis do again, and why? -- but he shows off his skill at witty banter (which Robert Downey, Jr. can perform within an inch of its life) and breathtaking action (a mid-air rescue of a dozen passengers who have just tumbled out of Air Force One).

10/20 SLIDES © Disney/Marvel

11. “The Avengers: Age of Ultron" (2015)

It’s always fun when the band gets back together, but it’s also difficult to recapture the magic of that first time. This sequel offers plenty of excitement and Joss Whedon-scripted badinage, but it’s also a little overstuffed with supporting characters and set-ups for the next round of MCU movies. Lovers and haters of superhero movies can both find bolsters for their arguments here.

11/20 SLIDES © Disney/Marvel

10. "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2" (2017)

The band is back together, and they're as bristly hilarious as in their first outing, but overall this sequel feels like it's just vamping (entertainingly) until the next major plot shift in the MCU. Kurt Russell pops up as Ego the Living Planet, who claims to be the long-lost father of Peter Quill/Star-Lord (Chris Pratt), and while the movie is more concerned with character and emotion than plot, not all of the moving moments ring true.

12/20 SLIDES © Disney/Marvel

9. "Thor: Ragnarok" (2017)

Director Taika Waititi ("Hunt for the Wilderpeople") strikes a delicate balance between breathless action and fate-of-the-universe stakes on one hand and tongue-in-cheek silliness and snappy banter on the other. Luckily, he's got Chris Hemsworth, who excels at both, surrounded by the witty likes of Tom Hiddleston, Mark Ruffalo and franchise newbies Tessa Thompson, Jeff Goldblum and a gloriously over-the-top Cate Blanchett.

13/20 SLIDES © Disney/Marvel

8. "Captain America: Civil War" (2016)

The plotting and pacing aren't as tight as in "Winter Soldier," but if you're looking for dark human conflict and rousing superhero-on-superhero action, this movie does a whole lot right that "Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice" did wrong.

14/20 SLIDES © Marvel

7. "Iron Man" (2008)

It all starts here -- a superhero origin story for literalists who can’t get behind exploding planets or radioactive spiders. Jon Favreau, then most famous for directing "Elf" and writing and co-starring in "Swingers," seemed an odd choice for the material, but he knows how to give us both the characters (played by Downey and Gwyneth Paltrow with panache) and the ka-blam.

15/20 SLIDES © Disney/Marvel

6. Black Panther (2018)

While Chadwick Boseman's titular African king-superhero takes something of a back seat to a troika of fascinating female characters -- played by Lupita Nyong'o, Danai Gurira and Letitia Wright -- the movie nonetheless overflows with excitement and rich backstory. (And Michael B. Jordan's Killmonger ranks among the franchise's greatest villains.)

16/20 SLIDES © Sony/Marvel

5. "Spider-Man: Homecoming" (2017)

Less guilt-driven and haunted than previous iterations of the character (on the page or screen), Tom Holland's Spider-Man has enough on his plate dealing with his superhero growing pains. Hungry to join The Avengers but still grappling with all he has to learn -- he's only 15, after all -- our hero faces off against blue-collar bad guy The Vulture (Michael Keaton, Birdman at last) in an adventure that's breezy and funny while also featuring genuine stakes, terrific characterizations and wonderfully detailed casting. (You gotta love a teen movie that works in Zendaya, Tony Revolori, Abraham Attah and J.J. Totah, plus scene-stealing newcomer Jacob Batalon.)

17/20 SLIDES © Provided by The Wrap News, Inc.

4. "Doctor Strange" (2016)

It would be all too easy to make the spell-casting Master of the Mystic Arts look ridiculous on the big screen, but somehow director Scott Derrickson and his crew gave us a version of surgeon-turned-magician Dr. Stephen Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch), who seems at home in the real world, rubbing shoulders with the Avengers, and traversing trippy, eye-popping dimensions where none other could go.

18/20 SLIDES © Disney/Marvel

3. “Guardians of the Galaxy" (2014)

Breezy, flippant and soaking in the super hits of the ’70s, this comedy adventure is something of an outlier -- both tonally and geographically -- in the Marvel Universe. Still, whether or not Rocket Raccoon and Black Widow ever cross paths, this star-spanning saga was a reminder that there’s more than one way to tell a superhero story.

19/20 SLIDES © Disney/Marvel

2. “Captain America: The Winter Soldier" (2014)

Aggressive patriotism meets anti-government paranoia in this exciting tale that pits the Captain against labyrinthine conspiracies. It also turns out that Steve Rogers is way more interesting displaced in time in the 2000s than firmly at home in the 1940s. And you will believe The Falcon can fly.

20/20 SLIDES © Disney/Marvel

1. “The Avengers" (2012)

Still the gold standard of the MCU, this movie reveals that Joss Whedon gets comic books down to their DNA, in the same way that Steven Spielberg and George Lucas were fluent in the language of serials in the “Indiana Jones” movies. Putting all these heroes in one room (or helicarrier, anyway) yielded terrific results, even if the film’s success led to the all-superheroes-all-the-time ethos of contemporary Hollywood.

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