Early forecasts for Marvel's Black Panther proved to be way off as the Ryan Coogler directed movie has enjoyed a record-breaking Presidents Day Weekend. Topping Avengers Age of Ultron's $191 million launch back in 2015, Black Panther generated $201 million for its first three days and by the end of Monday would have upped that to an estimated $242 million. Add to that more than $170 million from the international box office, and Black Panther has a global opening weekend of more than $400 million.
Having made an impressive debut in the MCU in Captain America Civil War, Chadwick Boseman returns as the newly crowned King of Wakanda. While it doesn't deviate massively from the winning Marvel formula, Black Panther feels fresh and much like last year's Wonder Woman; it's a movie that's allowed to be its own thing within an established universe. Exhilarating, funny, loaded with knockout performances and stunning production design, are just some of the many reasons you need to treat yourself and go see Black Panther.
Meanwhile, Sony's Peter Rabbit held onto the number two spot for a second week with a current US total of $54 million. Based on Beatrix Potter beloved creation, James Corden voices the titular Rabbit in the animated adaptation that is due to arrive in UK on March 16. Sony might not have struck gold with Peter Rabbit yet, but their monster hit Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle has showed incredible staying power. After nine weeks in the charts, Jumanji held on the fourth place in the US with more than $377 million taken thus far. Globally, Jumanji recently soared over the $900 million mark, and there's a real chance that it will make it into the $1 Billion Club before it leaves cinemas.
After its anti-climatic launch last weekend, Fifty Shades Freed dropped to third place for a current domestic total of $76 million. The critically panned trilogy based on P.L James' books might not be Oscar-winning material, but with more than a $1 billion in box office receipts, I'm sure Universal is satisfied. Finally, The Greatest Showman didn't get off to the best of starts late last year, but two months on from its release and the Hugh Jackman-led musical has accumulated more than $150 million in the US, and a very healthy $185 million (and counting) internationally.