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'Black Panther' beats 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' with highest Monday ever

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So if you can't get enough of Black Panther, read on. The Marvel blockbuster is on pace to end this holiday weekend having set unprecedented box office records It's brought in an estimated $218 million in ticket sales since Thursday, easily crushed the previous record for highest-grossing President's Day weekend.

Fittingly, the red carpet for the world premiere earlier this month put every other red carpet to shame.

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The higher Monday figure gives "Black Panther" the second biggest four-day weekend, behind only the $288.1 million of "The Force Awakens". That doesn't make it just the biggest box-office opening for an African-American director, or the biggest February opening in box office history, but also places it in the top five all-time opening weekends.

Since then, Black Panther has become a must-see event as it's veered into record-setting territory and has continued to shatter all projections since then. Justice League took 91 days to get to its total; Black Panther has managed it only four.

Theaters, in turn, was seemingly surprised by the avid reception the movie has gotten. Its portfolio features leading online ticketers Fandango, MovieTickets.com and Flixster; world-renown movie review site Rotten Tomatoes; and Movieclips, the #1 movie trailers and content channel on YouTube.

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