(SL) – Comic book blockbuster “Black Panther” is ranking number four in Fandango’s top pre-sales of all time. The film is out today and pre-sales for the Marvel flick have already surpassed other films including Captain America: Civil War, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, The Hunger Games and Beauty and the Beast.
That’s a big win considering the top three pre-sold movies of all time include the three latest Star Wars films. Black Panther’s pre-sale trend has led to sold out shows across the nation. The movie’s expected to bring in up to 165-million for its opening weekend.
Deadline.com reports, By the time the four-day President’s Day holiday stretch ends, Black Panther will have surpassed many of Marvel’s mightiest on the all-time domestic B.O. openers chart. Not to mention Disney continues to crowd the list, now taking up eight of the top 10 slots. Black Panther is now looking at the sixth-best opening of all-time on a three-day-basis with an estimated $185.8M per industry projections Saturday AM and a mind-blowing $213M over four days. Note that between Friday night and this morning (roughly a seven-hour time frame), estimates changed. Currently, Saturday should see around $61M which puts us at these figures. Anything significantly greater, and Black Panther breaks even more records.
This despite some internet trolls using the film as an opportunity to spread racially-motivated hate with fake claims of assault on Twitter.
According to Comic Book Marvel, false claims of assault on white moviegoers by African-American audiences at showings of Black Panther have been popping up on Twitter. The fake reports started popping up on Thursday, when the movie began preview screenings ahead of Friday’s official opening. The posts include gruesome-looking images — most of them featuring white women — appearing bloody or bruised and claim that black moviegoers attacked the “victims” while claiming they didn’t belong or didn’t deserve to see the film because of race.
However, the claims are all false with the photos used as “proof” are actually taken from other sources on the internet. Among the stolen photos being used by the trolls are images of a woman who was attacked in a Swedish bar last month (an attack completely unrelated to Black Panther,) a model in makeup from a 2013 Serbian domestic violence PSA, and even a photo of Colbie Holderness, the ex-wife of former White House staff secretary Rob Porter showing a black eye she sustained in an incident of alleged domestic abuse. You can see an example of the tweets below.