Marvel Studios’ Black Panther roared into life over the weekend, grossing an estimated $361m worldwide through Disney as it combined with two Chinese titans for a six-day extended global weekend that generated more than $1bn.
Detective Chinatown 2 arrived on $155m, while Monster Hunt 2 debuted to the tune of $141.3m and itself was involved in a couple of records.
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Black Panther, the latest release from the Marvel Studios hit factory, generated $169m from international markets (with China, Russia and Japan yet to open) and $218m from North America.
In the early leader South Korea, the superhero tentpole has raced to $25.3m and ranks as the fifth highest debut by a Hollywood film and has already outstripped the entire runs of Guardians Of The Galaxy and Ant-Man.
In the UK Black Panther grossed $24.8m in its first six days for the highest February opening weekend of all