Turns out you guys really, really want to see Black Panther. According to The Hollywood Reporter, domestic box-office predictions made by tracking service NRG have bumped the opening-weekend estimate to approximately $165 million for director Ryan Coogler’s upcoming contribution to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The current forecast would mean Black Panther could best Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 1 and 2 and Spider-Man: Homecoming, not to mention Deadpool, which currently holds that February record. Within the MCU, only The Avengers, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Captain America: Civil War, and Iron Man 3 had bigger openings. As THR points out, not adjusting for inflation, the film could potentially be one of the fifth or sixth top-grossing North American premieres ever. Or, hey, maybe you want to just wait and see it in a couple weeks when you have less stuff going on. It’s really all up to you. This is all up to you.
Black Panther. Photo: Matt Kennedy/Marvel Entertainment