Lupita Nyong’o has posted a video online saying she wasn’t able to purchase opening night tickets to Black Panther. The upcoming film from director Ryan Coogler, starring Chadwick Boseman as the eponymous superhero, marks the first comic book movie from Marvel Studios in 2018 and the last movie to release before Anthony and Joe Russo’s highly-anticipated Avengers: Infinity War hits theaters this summer.
While Black Panther is the MCU’s 18th movie to release within the past 10 years, it seems it’s an exception to the growing concern of superhero movie fatigue, as it has not only been rated among the most anticipated movies of the year but it also managed to break a franchise record by outpacing Captain America: Civil War with regard to early ticket presales by selling more advanced tickets in its 24 hours of release than any other MCU film to date. Unfortunately, that means lots of people couldn’t get their hands on opening night tickets, including one of the film’s stars.
Lupita Nyong’o – who plays Nakia, T’Challa’s undercover operative within the Dora Milaje – said she told her followers on social media that Black Panther tickets had gone on sale on Monday night, but she said in a recent video posted on Twitter that when she went to purchase tickets herself, she wasn’t able to. By the time she got past multiple error messages, all the seats were sold out. You can take watch her video below:
@THR says @theblackpanther is @MarvelStudios best-selling movie in terms of presales after JUST 24 HOURS! Don’t I know it: I even tried!!!! #Throwback to a video I made last night. pic.twitter.com/aoJcdaqfhi
— Lupita Nyong’o (@Lupita_Nyongo) January 10, 2018
Black Panther was recently voted 2018’s most anticipated new comic book movie character, ahead of Jason Momoa’s Aquaman and Tom Hardy’s Venom – two characters that are arguably more well-known to the general public than Black Panther. And seeing the character’s upcoming solo film outperform Civil War in advanced ticket sales, thus far, is quite an achievement, to say the least. Considering that Black Panther is Marvel Studios’ first non-Caucasian-led film makes it an important step for the franchise, and seeing it already start to sell out is certainly something the studio should take note of.
It’s worth noting that tickets have only recently gone on sale, so the film outpacing Civil War in ticket presales doesn’t necessarily mean the film will break records when it releases in February. Remember, Civil War holds the record for most advanced tickets ever sold for a superhero movie, but it still failed to surpass Avengers: Age of Ultron‘s opening weekend gross. However, it looks like Black Panther is on track to have a solid debut at the domestic box office next month.
KEY RELEASE DATES
Black Panther release date: Feb 16, 2018
Avengers: Infinity War / The Avengers 3 release date: May 4, 2018
Ant-Man & The Wasp release date: Jul 6, 2018
Captain Marvel release date: Mar 8, 2019
The Avengers 4 / Untitled Avengers Movie release date: May 3, 2019
Untitled Spider-Man: Homecoming Sequel release date: Jul 5, 2019