'Black Panther' Shatters Box Office Records with $218 Million Debut

'Black Panther' Shatters Box Office Records with $218 Million Debut

Twitter users also noted that the man in the Black Panther costume didn't even have a ticket for that showing.

Given the fantastic critical reception and abundance of goodwill in the lead-up to the release of Marvel's Black Panther, it was widely expected that the film would perform well at the box office - but few could have predicted just how well. The movie went on to become the biggest opening for a Thor movie in India, Taran Adarsh notes. This has been chalked up to the fact that numerous key action scenes were filmed in the port city of Busan.

According to independent box office websites and sources, despite receiving a lukewarm response from the critics, animated film Allahyar and the Legend of Markhor managed to keep its footing at the box office with an overall collection of PKR 4 Crores.

One auto chase scene, shot in Busan's Gwangalli Beach area, involved 150 cars and more than 700 people, The Hollywood Reporter said.

"Hollywood is lifting us up", writes CNN's Van Jones.

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Late last month, Disney/Marvel and other analysts were projecting a $100 to $120 million opening for "Black Panther".

During filming previous year, director Ryan Coogler described Busan as "a place full of energy, where modern architecture and traditional buildings create great harmony against the backdrop of a handsome beach".

The Ryan Coogler-directed film stars Chadwick Boseman as Black Panther. In the worldwide market, the film has performed the best in South Korea by registering a collection of $25.3 million, Variety reports.

The Black Panther first entered the Marvel Cinematic Universe in 2016, in Captain America: Civil War. Andrien Gbinigie, a community and product marketing manager for Ubisoft's Assassin's Creed series and a major Black Panther fan also voiced his support for the game adaption. It's received an A+ CinemaScore, the only Marvel film to have done so besides 2012's "The Avengers".