Black Panther Breaks Record

By Ikenga Chronicles March 13, 2018

Black Panther Breaks Record

Black Panther has cleared the doubt about films with black casts after hitting $1 billion at the worldwide box office. This was disclosed by Forbes who reported that the Marvel blockbuster passed the major benchmark on Friday.

Other records set by the film include, becoming the ninth domestically highest-grossing film of all time in the US and having the second-largest four-day domestic opening weekend.

In addition, Black Panther earned $242 million in the U.S which is more than Presidents Day Weekend grossed, and behind the $288 million Star Wars: The Force Awakens made when it opened in 2015.

This has therefore, cleared the doubts and myth that films with predominantly black casts don’t sell ― and it helps unravel “unwritten Hollywood rules”.

In his reaction, Jeff Bock, a senior analyst at entertainment research firm Exhibitor Relations, told The New York Times;

“I think about it like a wall crumbling.”

Block said “In terms of Black Panther, no studio can say again, ‘Oh, black movies don’t travel, overseas interest will be minimal.’”

The movie however, featured stars including Chadwick Boseman, Lupita Nyong’o and Danai Gurira.

Black Panther which is set in the fictional country of Wakanda, shows the possibilities of an African society untouched by colonialism and gender inequality.

“I think there’s a thirst for these images,” Boseman told NBC.

“There’s a real thirst for black superheroes.”

Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige confirmed this week that a Black Panther sequel is in the works. Feige told Entertainment Weekly that there was “nothing specific to reveal” about the next movie but added that “we absolutely will do that.”

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