‘Black Panther’ scores highest Monday ever with US$40.2m

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(AP) With a massive US$40.2 million in ticket sales Monday, “Black Panther” has notched the biggest Monday ever at the box office and pushed its four-day total to US$242 million.

The Walt Disney Company again raised their box-office estimates for the Marvel sensation on Tuesday. The film’s updated Monday performance narrowly tops the previous record, set by “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” in 2015 with US$40.1 million.

The higher Monday figure gives “Black Panther” the second biggest four-day weekend, behind only the US$288.1 million of “The Force Awakens.”

Ryan Coogler’s film is the first big-budget tentpole release featuring a nearly all-black cast. The movie’s three-day gross of US$201.8m ranks fifth highest all time, not accounting for inflation.

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