‘Black Panther’ advanced ticket sales set new record for Fandango

It stars Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan and Lupita Nyong'o. The director is Ryan Coogler, whose credits include "Creed" and "Fruitvale Station." Filmmakers began working on the action flick as early as 1992. It began filming in Atlanta, Georgia in 2016. Kendrick Lamar produced the soundtrack. The trailer was viewed 89 million times within a day of its debut. Opening Feb. 16, it will have a "cross-nation release" in Africa, a first for a Disney film.

The release of “Black Panther” is more than a month away, and it’s already breaking records. The first 24 hours of ticket presales for the film were the largest for any Marvel flick on Fandango.

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The company announced the news in a press release this week, revealing “Black Panther” advanced ticket sales have even surpassed “Captain America: Civil War,” the previous record holder.

"Black Panther is riding an incredible wave of momentum right now,” Erik Davis, managing editor at Fandango, said in the release. “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. Tickets have been going fast ever since pre-sales started on Fandango late Monday.”

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Fandango also shared that a survey taken by more than 8,000 people revealed “Black Panther” is the most anticipated motion picture of 2018. “Avengers: Infinity War,” which includes several of the “Black Panther” characters, is No. 2.

Additionally, Chadwick Boseman, who plays the lead role, is the most anticipated comic book hero in a standalone movie, according to the survey.

Also starring Michael B. Jordan, Lupita N'yongo and a host of others, the Ryan Coogler-directed film follows Black Panther, or T'Challa, as he returns home to his African nation of Wakanda to reclaim his throne. It opens Feb. 16.

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