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Marvel's Black Panther enjoys biggest UK opening of 2018

Black Panther

Story by Jack Foley

MARVEL’S Black Panther has enjoyed the biggest opening day of 2018 so far at the UK and Irish box office.

Ryan Coogler’s hotly anticipated film, which features an almost entirely black cast, raked in £2.67m on its opening day on February 13, according to Disney, thereby delivering the highest-grossing single day at the UK box office this year.

The figure beats the opening days of fellow Marvel Studios offerings Thor: Ragnarok and Doctor Strange.

The superhero film, which Coogler co-wrote with Joe Robert Cole, had already outsold Captain America: Civil War to become Marvel’s most-pre-ordered film in its first 24 hours after release.

In Black Panther, T’Challa, played by Chadwick Boseman, returns home as king to a fictional African nation known as Wakanda, but finds his rule challenged by a long-time adversary in a conflict that has global consequences.

The news for Black Panther was similarly impressive in the rest of the countries it opened, as the film posted an international haul, so far, of $23.2 million from 17 locations.

The film also took $4.7 million in South Korea (where some of it was filmed), $2 million in Taiwan, $1.6 million in France, and $1.1 million in Hong Kong.

Black Panther continues rolling out around the world this weekend and will be in cinemas in close to 70% of the international marketplace by Sunday.

In addition to the US, the film will open on Thursday in Germany, Australia, Brazil, Austria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Greece, Hungary, Israel, and several other territories.