Disney-Marvel’s superhero tentpole “Black Panther” has launched with a massive $169 million in about 70% of international markets.
The opening gave “Black Panther,” starring Chadwick Boseman as the king of a mythical African nation, a worldwide total of $361 million through Sunday. South Korea led the way with $25.3 million, representing the fifth biggest launch of a Western title in that market — ahead of ahead of “Dr. Strange” and “Thor: Ragnarok” and already topping the entire runs of “Guardians of the Galaxy” and “Ant-Man.”
In the U.K./Ireland, “Black Panther” took in $24.8 million and is the second-highest opening for a Marvel title, behind only “Avengers: Age of Ultron.” It has already overtaken the entire run of “Justice League,” “Captain America,” “Thor” and “Iron Man” and broke the record for highest grossing February opening weekend of all time.
Mexico was the third-largest market with $9.6 million, followed by Brazil with $9.4 million, Australia with $9.2 million, France with $7.7 million, Indonesia with $6.5 million and Germany with $6.2 million.
The Netherlands posted the highest grossing day ever for a superhero film and the highest grossing February opening weekend ever. “Black Panther” opened in first in nearly all markets, except for Austria, Germany, Italy, Poland, Bosnia, Hungary, Serbia and Slovenia.
In Africa, “Black Panther “set records with the biggest opening weekend of all time in both East Africa and West Africa. In South Africa, it was the highest grossing Saturday ever in industry history.
The “Black Panther” opening weekend has already exceeded the entire run of “Guardians of the Galaxy” in Hong Kong, India, Korea, Malaysia, The Philippines, Taiwan and Thailand. It posted the highest grossing February opening of all-time in Mexico, Brazil, Colombia, Bolivia, Ecuador, Panama and Paraguay.
“Black Panther” will open in Russia on Feb 22, Japan on March 1 and China on March 9.
“Black Panther” is the second biggest international opening of 2018. Universal’s international opening of “Fifty Shades Freed” took in $98.1 million in 57 markets last weekend, which had been the best international launch of the year but Raman Hui’s family-friendly adventure, “Monster Hunt 2” earned a stunning $190 million to top the China box office over the first three days of the Chinese New Year holidays.
“Detective Chinatown 2” also earned $154 million in three days, and took the crown from “Monster Hunt” on Sunday. Data from Ent Group showed fantasy “The Monkey King 3: Kingdom of Women” earning $79.9 million, and actioner “Operation Red Sea” scoring $70.3 million. Chinese-made animation title “Boonie Bears” earned a cool $40.9 million in fifth place.
Together the top five films scored a record-breaking $543 million — more than double the score achieved in the equivalent Chinese New Year weekend in either of the last two years.
Other than “Black Panther” and the Chinese titles, the second weekend of Universal’s “Fifty Shades Freed” led the rest of the pack with $47.7 million to lift its international total to $190.8 million. The best performance came in Germany with $7 million, down only 19% — and enough to top “Black Panther” by 23% in that market.
Fox’s “The Shape of Water,” which has a leading 13 Oscar nominations, took in $12.3 million from 3,709 screens in 40 markets, including openings of $3.3 million in the U.K., $2.2 million in Italy, $2.1 million in Spain and $1 million in Germany. The international total has hit $38.7 million.
Fox’s “Maze Runner: The Death Cure” generated $11 million from 5,789 screens in 65 markets, led by $4.1 million in France, pushing the international total to over $205 million.
Fox’s “The Greatest Showman” grossed $9.6 million from 2,357 screens in 31 markets, led by a $4.4 million opening in Japan. The international total for the Hugh Jackman musical has now hit $185.6 million.