Weeks ahead of its release, Marvel's new superhero spectacular Black Panther is selling out theaters and pulling in billion dollar box office projections. It's also boosted the statewide economy in Georgia.
During a community screening of the film, MPAA Chairman and CEO Charles Rivkin announced that contributions from Marvel Studios production generated $83.9 million to the state of Georgia’s economy, according to Deadline. The film shot in various areas of Atlanta. In addition, Black Panther's production’s team made purchases from various state vendors and small businesses.
“Tonight, we are here to celebrate the talented individuals and vendors who help make Georgia the third largest production center in the nation, and who help bring to life stories, like Black Panther, that make a difference,” said Rivkin. “Black Panther has smashed records for advance ticket sales thanks to the hard work of local crew and vendors, and because the film reflects the breadth and diversity of our global communities.”
The Peach State is also home to other Marvel classics including Spider-Man: Homecoming and the soon-to-be-released Avengers: Infinity War.
“Every time we come back to make a movie here in Georgia, the experience gets better,” said David Grant, VP, Physical Production, Marvel Studios. “The infrastructure for film production continues to improve and the bench of creative professionals we can draw on gets deeper – and that’s because as a community you have committed to making Georgia a great place to make films and television shows.”
Black Panther hits theaters February 16th and pre-sale tickets for opening weekend have sold like hot cakes.
Good luck getting your hands on them if you were late to the box office.