Black Panther, Walt Disney Co.’s latest hit Marvel superhero film, opened in China with estimated weekend revenue of $66.5 million, the studio said, helping the picture push past the $1 billion mark in sales globally.
Black Panther also took in $41.1 million at US and Canadian theatres, Disney said Sunday in an email, marking its fourth weekend as No. 1 in the domestic market. The picture beat the $39.3 million forecast from analysts at Box Office Pro. A Wrinkle in Time, a new live-action fantasy release from Disney, opened with North American weekend sales of $33.3 million to place second.
China has become a lucrative outpost for Disney and Marvel as the brand caught on with filmgoers in the second-largest movie market. Avengers: Age of Ultron, a 2015 release, pulled in sales of $240 million there, while the 2016 hit Captain America: Civil War produced $181 million.
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