By Damilola Faustino
As expected, Black Panther has smashed box office records, earning an estimated $387 million in its opening weekend and we can boldly say this is one box office smashing we knew was going to happen.
The film stars Chadwick Boseman as King T’Challa, the leader of fictional kingdom Wakanda, alongside Lupita Nyong’o and Michael B Jordan.
This would make it the top-grossing film by a black director (Ryan Coogler) and feature a predominantly black cast. The previous record for this was held by Straight Outta Compton, which comparatively grossed $214 million worldwide in 2015, across its entire release.
Black Panther was once considered a gamble for Marvel Studios, which hadn’t yet made a movie in the M.C.U. featuring a black lead or even a single scene without white characters. Additionally, it is the best-scoring superhero movie on Rotten Tomatoes at 97 percent, and the biggest February opening of all time—a record previously held by fellow superhero movie Deadpool, which made $152.2 million over the 2016.
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