Captain America has nothing on Black Panther
Black Panther is the latest Marvel Cinematic Universe entry that looks like it’s going to blow our minds and it seems the general movie-going audience agrees as the film has set a new advanced ticket sales mark at Fandango for Marvel films.
Fandango managing editor dropped a tweet on Wednesday morning confirming the news.
Additionally, Davis added in a statement released by Fandango, “Black Panther is riding an incredible wave of momentum right now. It’s one of the biggest and most anticipated movies to ever open in the month of February, and its trailers have electrified the Internet. Tickets have been going fast ever since presales started on Fandango late Monday.”
No concrete numbers for Black Panther or previous Marvel movies were released.
While movie chains and other sites also offer advanced tickets, Fandango is the most popular, giving a good indication of where sales are heading for the film, which hits theaters on February 16.
As Deadline notes, Captain America: Civil War racked up $179 million on its opening weekend in May 2016. Advanced ticket sales don’t necessarily mean Black Panther will hit that number — the box office in February is typically below May’s — but between the buzz and its release over the extended Presidents Day weekend, Panther figures to debut to some damn good numbers.
Besides the general badassness of the film’s trailers, there’s also the news that Kendrick Lamar is producing the corresponding Black Panther: The Album, which includes his new collaboration with SZA, making this one of the more highly anticipated MCU releases in a while.
Yeah, I’m ready.
Ava DuVernay to direct DC’s ‘New Gods’
This is going to be EPIC.
Ava DuVernay is confirmed to direct DC’s new superhero movie New Gods and fans of the comic are losing their damn minds.
Reported by Variety, A Wrinkle in Time director DuVernay has signed on to steer the ship for the new DC Extended Universe epic, based on the Jack Kirby-created comic.
It’ll be the second DC superhero film to be directed by a woman, following the Patty Jenkins-helmed box office smash Wonder Woman.
While DuVernay’s current Disney film, A Wrinkle in Time, underperformed at the U.S. box office, she’s smashed it elsewhere. Selma made her the first black female director to be nominated for a Golden Globe, she was nominated for an Oscar for her documentary 13th, and she took home the directing award at Sundance for her second feature film Middle of Nowhere. Boom.
New Gods was created in 1971 by Kirby. It centers on two planets: New Genesis, an arcadian planet ruled by Highfather, and Apokolips, an apocalyptic dystopia ruled by the formidable Darkseid.
DuVernay paired the news with a sweet Twitter tribute to Kirby, who passed away in 1994.
Fans lost their minds over the announcement.
I’m so excited!!!! The New Gods are my all time faves and I absolutely believe in your ability to bring them to life!!! YOU’VE MADE MY DAY!!!
‘Black Panther’ becomes #2 superhero movie of all time… and it’s not stopping
Marvel Studios’ BLACK PANTHER L to R: Ayo (Florence Kasumba) and Okoye (Danai Gurira) Ph: Film Frame Marvel Studios 2018
Black Panther has officially hit $1 billion worldwide after just four weeks in theaters.
According to a release from Disney, Black Panther is the third-biggest superhero movie domestically, behind The Dark Knight ($534.9 million, and Panther is already at $530.9 as of March 10) and The Avengers ($623.4 million).
With those numbers, Black Panther will easily outstrip The Dark Knight, most likely by the end of Saturday, and it’s pacing ahead of The Avengers Panther has roughly the same domestic gross going into its fourth weekend that Avengers did after its fourth weekend. Panther also has the advantage of opening in February (Avengers and The Dark Knight were spring/summer releases) and enjoying months in theaters with little major competition.
Beyond that, here are a few more badges that Panther wears:
#1 February debut ($202M 3-day, $242.1M 4-day), and February release of all time
#5 all-time 3-day debut ($202M)
#1 Monday of all time ($40.1M)
#2 Sunday of all time ($60M)
#2 second weekend ($111.6M, one of only 4 films to surpass $100M mark in second weekend)
#1 non-holiday third weekend ($66.3M)
Black Panther is now in theaters. Based on these numbers, you probably knew that already.
‘Wonder Woman 2’ casts its Cheetah
It looks like Wonder Woman 2 is assembling its own cast of wonder women. Returning director Patty Jenkins announced Friday via Twitter that indie film actress and Saturday Night Live alum Kristen Wiig will join the sequel.
So excited to confirm the most thrilling news. Yes! It’s true! So incredibly lucky to welcome the sensationally talented Kristen Wiig to our Wonder Woman family. Can’t wait to finally work with one of my favorites. And SO excited by what we have planned. #Cheetah!!! @GalGadot pic.twitter.com/Gn0jICiIAH
— Patty Jenkins (@PattyJenks) March 9, 2018
The final word of that tweet (before Jenkins tags Wonder Woman herself, Gal Gadot), is crucial. Cheetah is a classic Wonder Woman villain, created by Doctor Psycho. She has multiple aliases which all sound like SNL characters: Priscilla Rich, Deborah Domaine, Barbara Ann Minerva, and Sebastian Ballesteros (but that one’s a man).
Though known for her comedy, Wiig has been known to skew toward dark humor or muted drama in her film roles. as with Girl Most Likely, The Skeleton Twins (with fellow SNL alum Bill Hader), or Hateship, Loveship. An actress that versatile could make Cheetah extremely compelling – or at any rate, better than Ares.
Wonder Woman 2 is due in November 2019.
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