As we all know, the Ryan Coogler-directed Marvel’s Black Panther has been one of the most highly anticipated movies to come out this year, and has already broken barriers in the film industry.
Black Panther opened in virtually every major market except for Russia (Feb. 22), Japan (March 1) and China (March 9). The movie earned a mighty $169 million for an estimated global bow of $404 million through Monday, including a hefty $35 million from Imax locations around the world, the top showing ever for Marvel title.
Here are eight box office records that Black Panther has already broken:
- Biggest February opening weekend
- Biggest non-sequel opening weekend
- Biggest solo superhero launch of all time
- Biggest long holiday opening weekend
- Biggest Fri-Sun opening weekend for a long holiday debut
- Biggest-grossing movie (in North America) directed by a black filmmaker
- Biggest opening weekend ever for any movie not directed by a caucasian
- Biggest pre-summer opening weekend
The story of Black Panther
“After the death of his father, T’Challa returns home to the African nation of Wakanda to take his rightful place as king. When a powerful enemy suddenly reappears, T’Challa’s mettle as king — and as Black Panther — gets tested when he’s drawn into a conflict that puts the fate of Wakanda and the entire world at risk. Faced with treachery and danger, the young king must rally his allies and release the full power of Black Panther to defeat his foes and secure the safety of his people.”
As the first black superhero film from Marvel, “Black Panther” is a major milestone and an uncontested win for black & African representation. Its also proof that inclusion and representation matter!
For Lupita Nyong’o, who plays Nakia, spy of Wakanda and ex-companion of her new king T’Challa, aka “Black Panther”: “it’s definitely good for black people all over the world”
“I hope this will create a new kind of curiosity among people with regard to Africa, because this continent is full of diversities and even the cast is diversified. And even if we actors, we have the black skin, we come from different countries around the world” (Lupita Nyong’o).