Magazine article Screen International

'Black Panther', Chinese Titans Drive $1Bn Extended Global Weekend

Magazine article Screen International

'Black Panther', Chinese Titans Drive $1Bn Extended Global Weekend

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Marvel Studios release drives monster global session.

‘Black Panther’

Marvel Studios’ Black Panther roared into life over the weekend, grossing an estimated $361m worldwide through Disney as it combined with two Chinese titans for a six-day extended global weekend that generated more than $1bn.

Detective Chinatown 2 arrived on $155m, while Monster Hunt 2 debuted to the tune of $141.3m and itself was involved in a couple of records.

WALT DISNEY STUDIOS MOTION PICTURES INTERNATIONAL

Black Panther, the latest release from the Marvel Studios hit factory, generated $169m from international markets (with China, Russia and Japan yet to open) and $218m from North America.

In the early leader South Korea, the superhero tentpole has raced to $25.3m and ranks as the fifth highest debut by a Hollywood film and has already outstripped the entire runs of Guardians Of The Galaxy and Ant-Man.

In the UK Black Panther grossed $24.8m in its first six days for the highest February opening weekend of all time including previews, and the second biggest debut for a Marvel Studios film behind Avengers: Age Of Ultron. The debut has overtaken the entire run of Justice League, Captain America: The First Avenger, Thor, Ant-Man, and Iron Man.

Across Latin America Black Panther opened top in all markets, earning $9.6m in Mexico and $9.4m in Brazil. It delivered the biggest opening weekend of the year-to-date across the continent; the highest February launch of all time in Mexico, Brazil, Colombia, Bolivia, Ecuador, Panama and Paraguay; the third highest Marvel Cinematic Universe debut in Brazil, Colombia and Paraguay; and the fourth highest in Mexico.

In Asia-Pacific Black Panther opened number one and scored the highest opening weekend of 2018 so far in all markets, led by Australia on $9.2m, Indonesia $6.5m, and Taiwan on $5.6m. All except Australia and Taiwan produced all-time February records. A $4.9m debut in Malaysia was good enough for the third highest Marvel Cinematic Universe launch.

Elsewhere the film arrived in France on $7.7m, Germany on $6.2m, Philippines on $4.8m, Thailand on $4.4m, India on $3.8m, Hong Kong on $3.6m, and Italy on $3.4m. Black Panther opens in Russia on February 22, Japan on March 1, and China on March 9.

Pixar’s Coco added $6.8m for $523.2m internationally and stands at $730.4m worldwide. China and Mexico are the top markets on $183.5m and $57. …

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