No film with a predominantly black cast of actors surpassed the billion dollar mark in the worldwide box office like the highly-anticipated Black Panther has, according to The Washington Post.
In its report in the heels of the star-studded red-carpet premiere in Los Angeles, The Washington Post found that Fandango presales for the Marvel movie, directed by Ryan Coogler, has in the first 24 hours outpaced every previous movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, including Captain America: Civil War which earned $1.5 billion dollars worldwide.
Civil War was also the movie in which Chadwick Boseman, who plays the royal T’Challa of Wakanda/ Black Panther, made his debut. He aligns himself with Captain America toward the end of the Civil War movie.
The Washington Post added that biggest film helmed by a black director was 2017’s The Fate of the Furious,” part of the Fast and the Furious franchise, which F. Gary Gray guided to a $1.236 billion take worldwide.
While the film will hit theaters on Feb. 16, those who attended the premiere sang praises, which is odd, considering critics were warning of a ‘superhero fatigue’ with Batman vs. Superman, Justice League and Wonder Woman entering the tills subsequently in the last two years.
Los Angeles Times writer Jen Yamato called the film “incredible, kinetic, purposeful” and added in a tweet that Black Panther forcefully depicted issues of representation and identity.
Natasha Alford, deputy editor of the Grio, who The Washington Post cited in its report, called the film “dope on so many levels” and praised the Wakandan women played by 10, 000 Years A Slave actress Lupita Nyong’o, Letitia Wright and Danai Gurira as “overdue symbols of diverse superhero representation.”
Essence Editor in Chief Vanessa K. DeLuca hailed Coogler and the film’s potential impact on younger viewers.
Black Panther is forecast to enjoy a long, profitable spring season, helping Marvel gross $2 billion worldwide even before the end of summer as it is even seen to surpass the Marvel sequel Avengers: Infinity War, which hits theaters May 4. Boseman will also appear in the sequel as his prince- superhero character.
Take a peep too at the star-studded premiere and all the glamour over here.