'Black Panther' tops 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' in historic opening

'Black Panther' RULES At The Box Office At $387M Worldwide

Michael B. Jordan lost a bet to Lupita Nyong'o. Now he has to do push-ups.

Early industry estimates (via Deadline) from the film's four-day opening over the President's Day holiday weekend in the United States peg Black Panther as having raked in a whopping $US242 million ($307 million) - practically double what was expected of the movie in early tracking released just last month.

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"Black Panther" continued its roaring start at the box office on Monday. The Monday total came in $7 million above the studio's projections and lifted the four-day haul to $242 million.

The film's expected earnings were between $165-170 million.

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See how "Black Panther" compares to some of the biggest opening weekends of all time. The film has yet to open in Japan and Russian Federation.

It also easily beat "Deadpool" as the biggest February opening ever.

The film's incredible success is watershed moment for both the superhero genre and for Hollywood.

Black Panther is Marvel Studio's latest and greatest hit, now smashing box office records and cementing serious superhero status alongside Iron Man, Captain America, Star-Lord, Spider-Man and others when it comes to the character kids want to pretend to be during make-believe time.

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