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– by Joseph Jammer Medina

If Black Panther‘s insane pre-sales numbers were any indication already, it’s going to make some huge bank at the box office come opening weekend. But just how much can we expect from this standalone film in North America in its opener?

It looks like Black Panther is tracking at a massive $100 million to $120 million domestic debut. The film is set to hit theaters in North America on February 16, which is the start of the four-day weekend. Sadly, it’s unclear whether or not these numbers reflect that four-day weekend of the typical Friday-Sunday one.

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Regardless, this would put Black Panther ahead of Doctor Strange, which had a three-day opening weekend haul of $85 million. Given that it was a standalone origin film, that was pretty darn good in and of itself. However, this tracking for Black Panther puts it more in line with Thor: Ragnarok, which had an opening weekend of $122 million.

All in all, it looks like Black Panther will be impressing audiences come next month — though this is all assuming that the film ends up being solid. We’ll have to wait and see.

Black Panther follows T’Challa who, after the events of Captain America: Civil War, returns home to the isolated, technologically advanced African nation of Wakanda to take his place as King. However, when an old enemy reappears on the radar, T’Challa’s mettle as King and Black Panther is tested when he is drawn into a conflict that puts the entire fate of Wakanda and the world at risk.”

Black Panther hits theaters on February 16, 2018.

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SOURCE: THR

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.