Los Angeles — Black Panther is well on its way to a record-making weekend at the North American box office.
The Walt Disney Co. estimated on Friday that the superhero movie earned $25.2 million from its Thursday preview screenings.
That's the second biggest for a Marvel Studios film behind Avengers: Age of Ultron, which earned $27.6 million in previews, and the best for the month of February.
The superhero flick has it's South African premiere on Friday night and it was a star-studded affair.
HERE'S A TRAILER FOR THE FILM:
Preview screenings typically begin with 19:00 Thursday showings.
Black Panther is now pacing to earn somewhere between $172 and $198 million across the four-day holiday weekend. It will far surpass the previous February record held by Deadpool which took in $152.2 million in 2016.
Internationally, the film has grossed $47 million in its first three days with strong showings in the U.K. and Korea.