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.