Going into the holiday weekend, the prognosis was Black Panther would dominate the box office with a record-breaking take. That happened, only to a degree we did not see coming.

Black Panther grossed an astounding $201.7 million over the three-day weekend, and is expected to finish with $235 million once the four-day holiday weekend comes to an end. Early numbers pegged it to break the $200 million mark over four days, but Black Panther did it in three days, reaching a mark only four other movies had done before it.

This is how the top five movies performed over the weekend:

  1. Black Panther – $201.7 million
  2. Peter Rabbit – $17.6 million
  3. Fifty Shades Freed – $17.3 million
  4. Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle – $7.9 million
  5. The 15:17 to Paris – $7.3 million

The $201.7 million take is the biggest February weekend ever, shattering the record set by Deadpool two years ago, and second best opening weekend for a Marvel movie. It’s also the best take for a non-Avenger Marvel movie, topping the likes of Iron Man, Captain America and Thor.

Glowing reviews and fantastic word-of-mouth combined with the social aspect of the movie helped Black Panther reach a level of awareness few movies manage to reach. This being the first major black superhero movie, the magnitude of its impact was palpable with fans going out in droves to watch the movie.

With Marvel scoring yet another box office hit, it will now turn its focus toward the release of Avengers: Infinity War in May.