The highly anticipated Marvel movie Black Panther globally brought in $387 million dollars at the box office this past weekend, smashing records and deading the idea that a movie with a black cast could not be a global smash. The movie took in $218 million in the United States alone.
Black Panther is now the highest grossing film by a black director (Ryan Coogler) and featuring a largely black cast. The previous holder of this record was the 2015 hit Straight Outta Compton, which took in $214 million worldwide.
READ: The Reviews Celebrities are Giving Black Panther
What makes these results even more interesting is that it surpassed the expectations set by analysts; the movie was expected to take in $165 million in North American ticket sales, which is still nuts. ( To put it in some perspective, the highest grossing weekend for a movie released in February was Deadpool, which took in $159 million over Presidents’ Day weekend in 2016.
READ: Racists Twitter Trolls are Lying About Being Assaulted at Black Panther Screenings
Black Panther has also been enthusiastically praised by critics (it currently has a 97 percent score on Rotten Tomatoes) and fans, who gave the film an Aplus on Cinemascore. So there’s a good chance Black Panther could dominate the box office for a while.
In her own words, Brittany Young, the founder of the Baltimore-based organization B-360, spoke about… Read More
New Albums include drops from Chloë and Larry June & The Alchemist. There’s a lot… Read More
The Round-Up is Okayplayer’s weekly playlist of the best songs in the worlds of hip-hop… Read More
Larry June and The Alchemist have released their stellar new album, The Great Escape. Larry… Read More
Juicy J releases Mental Trillness, a mental health-themed project on Friday. Juicy J releases his… Read More
Madlib, A$AP Rocky, Vince Staples, and YG, join Tyler, The Creator on the deluxe edition… Read More