Marvel Studios’ “Black Panther” opened Wednesday in the Philippines and scored the year’s biggest first-day gross to date with a staggering P45.1 million in box-office sales.
Comparatively, the Wakandan King outperformed the opening day numbers of recent Marvel titles, including 2015’s “Ant-Man” (by 235%), 2014’s “Guardians of the Galaxy” (by 183%), 2016’s “Doctor Strange” (by 124%), 2014’s “Captain America: The Winter Solidier” (by 63%) and last year’s “Thor: Ragnarok” (by 41%).
Certainly looking like a blockbuster-in-the-making, “Black Panther” is expected to gain more momentum at the tills during the long, holiday weekend.
Marvel Studios’ Black Panther follows T’Challa who, after the death of his father, the King of Wakanda, returns home to the isolated, technologically advanced African nation to succeed to the throne and take his rightful place as king.
But when a powerful old enemy reappears, T’Challa’s mettle as king—and Black Panther—is tested when he is drawn into a formidable conflict that puts the fate of Wakanda and the entire world at risk. Faced with treachery and danger, the young king must rally his allies and release the full power of Black Panther to defeat his foes and secure the safety of his people and their way of life.
Directed by Ryan Coogler, the film stars Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira, Martin Freeman, Daniel Kaluuya, Letitia Wright, Winston Duke, Angela Bassett, Forest Whitaker, and Andy Serkis.