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Posted: January 12, 2018

‘Black Panther’ advance ticket sales set new record

This image released by Disney and Marvel Studios' shows Lupita Nyong'o, from left, Chadwick Boseman and Danai Gurira in a scene from
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This image released by Disney and Marvel Studios' shows Lupita Nyong'o, from left, Chadwick Boseman and Danai Gurira in a scene from "Black Panther," in theaters on Feb. 16, 2018. (Matt Kennedy/Marvel Studios/Disney via AP)

By Najja Parker, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

The release of “Black Panther” is more than a month away, and it’s already breaking records. The first 24 hours of ticket pre-sales for the film were the largest for any Marvel flick on Fandango.

Variety reported that the company announced the news in a news release this week. According to Fandango, “Black Panther” advanced ticket sales have even surpassed “Captain America: Civil War,” the previous record holder. 

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“Black Panther is riding an incredible wave of momentum right now,” Erik Davis, managing editor at Fandango, said in the release. “It’s one of the biggest and most anticipated movies to ever open in the month of February, and its trailers have electrified the internet. Tickets have been going fast ever since pre-sales started on Fandango late Monday.”

Fandango said that a survey taken by more than 8,000 people revealed “Black Panther” is the most anticipated motion picture of 2018. “Avengers: Infinity War,” which includes several of the “Black Panther” characters, is No. 2. 

According to the survey, Chadwick Boseman, who plays the lead role, is the most anticipated comic book hero in a standalone movie.

Related: Man raises more than $30,000 on GoFundMe to help Harlem kids see ‘Black Panther’

Also starring Michael B. Jordan, Lupita N’yongo and a host of others, the Ryan Coogler-directed film follows Black Panther, or T’Challa, as he returns home to his African nation of Wakanda to reclaim his throne.

“Black Panther” will be in theaters Feb. 16.

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