‘Black Panther’ had a hell of a Presidents’ Day weekend

Marvel’s most anticipated, popular superhero? You guessed it: the one that looks like a kitty cat.

While the rest of us squandered our Presidents’ Day break, Black Panther was our there breaking records at the box office. With an estimated four-day of $235 million, the latest entry to the MCU set a new high for the holiday weekend and for February as a whole (sorry, Deadpool). Even not counting Monday, its $202 million three-day was enough to squeeze it into the top five of all time high domestic weekends and make it the biggest Marvel solo opening yet (only Avengers debuted to bigger numbers).

Not all the weekend’s new wide releases fared so astoundingly well, though. The latest Aardman Animations feature, Early Man, pretty much bombed, taking in only $4.2 million across almost 2,500 theaters. Peter Rabbit ended up holding the second spot at the box office, with Fifty Shades Freed dropping to third, the resilient Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle still clinging to fourth in its ninth(!) weekend, and The 15:17 to Paris slipping to fifth.

  • HalSolo

    Black Panther has a GREAT gag involving an rhino, but trust me when I tell you Early Man has the BEST gag involving a duck.

    • adam3w

      Let me guess: T’Challa is conducting surveillance from inside a fake rhino, but when the fan stops working, and the interior temp rises, he’s forced to extract himself from a small hole at the rear of the animal.

      • HalSolo

        Nailed it. But I mean, it was that or the elephant scene from Brothers Grimbsy, eh?