The film made an estimated $16.5 million on Friday and $30.4 million on Saturday, according to Deadline. The outlet also notes that Black Panther will surpass $500 million in domestic gross by the end of Sunday, surpassing Avengers: Age of Ultron's $459 million and making it the second-biggest Marvel release just behind The Avengers ($623 million).
Black Panther's achievements dwarfs its current box office competitors. Jennifer Lawrence’s Red Sparrow raked in $6 million domestically on Friday with $17 million projected this weekend. The film cost roughly $69 million (including Lawrence’s estimated $15-20 million salary) to make and currently has a 51 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Death Wish—a remake of the classic Charles Bronson film starring legacy action hero Bruce Willis—brought in $4.2 million on Friday and landed a paltry Rotten Tomatoes score of 15 percent.
With its performance in the box office this weekend (projected at $62.6 million), Black Panther is on track to snag the third-best third weekend ever at the domestic box office next to Star Wars: The Force Awakens ($90.2 million) and Avatar ($68.5 million). Experts predict that worldwide, the film is not far from hitting the $1 billion mark.