'Black Panther' Set a Marvel Record With Advance Ticket Sales

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Yes, in its first day of ticket presales, Black Panther has toppled Civil War for the No. 1 spot among MCU films.

The film, whose protagonist T'Challa, played by Boseman, first debuted on the big screen in 2016's Captain America: Civil War, has just surpassed that film in presales.

"Black Panther is riding an incredible wave of momentum right now".

Black Panther is the first standalone film to focus on the titular character, the superhero alias of King T'Challa of the fictional country Wakanda, portrayed by actor Chadwick Boseman. 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.

Nygong'o added that the ticket-selling site (likely the aforementioned Fandango) she was using kept displaying an error as she tried to scoop up tickets, and each time she started the buying process over again, there were fewer and fewer seats available for purchase.

It's also landed in the top three most-viewed Marvel trailers in its first 24 hours, according to THR.

Lupita Nyong'o, who happens to actually be in the film, didn't either. If audiences can fall in love with a talking raccoon and tree, I think it's safe to say that a superhero African king isn't that much harder to sell.

After trying and failing to secure Black Panther tickets, a bewildered Lupita Nyong'o shared her thrilled surprise and slight irritation via Twitter.

Marvel fans are excited for the studio's Black Panther movie. If that's the case, Black Panther would not only become the highest opening of all-time for a February release, besting Fox/Marvel's R-rated Deadpool ($132.4M), but the best opening before summer.

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