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A great weekend for Black Panther just got even better.
Black Panther: The Album, the soundtrack for the blockbuster film, has debuted at No. 1 on the U.S. album charts. According to Nielsen Music, the new set, which was released on Feb. 9, moved 154,000 units in its first week leading up to the Marvel flick's premiere in theaters over the weekend.
As we previously mentioned, Kendrick Lamar and Top Dawg Entertainment CEO Anthony Tiffith curated and co-produced the new album, which also features a number of high-profile guest appearances, including SZA, Future, James Blake, Jay Rock, ScHoolboy Q, The Weeknd, Vince Staples, Khalid, Zacari, Travis Scott, SOB x RBE, Jorja Smith and more.
The film itself is enjoying a massive opening weekend, with a record $192 million at the box office domestically. Not adjusting for inflation, it's the fifth highest-grossing debut ever, following Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Jurassic World and The Avengers.
Some industry projections suggest Black Panther could come close to $400 million globally over the four-day holiday weekend.