That makes "Black Panther" - directed and co-written by 31-year-old Ryan Coogler ("Creed") with co-writer Joe Robert Cole and starring Chadwick Boseman - the most well-received superhero film ever, Marvel or otherwise. It made an estimated $192 million between Friday and Sunday in North America.
After fans had been complaining for years that the Marvel Cinematic Universe rarely gave us a good villain, the past few MCU movies have served up some consistently great ones - Homecoming's Vulture and Thor: Ragnarok's Hela. Only The Force Awakens has done it better, hitting that number in just five days.
More than 150 AMC Theatres locations, almost 23 percent of the company's US circuit, set new admissions-revenue records for a single title during the four-day opening weekend of Disney and Marvel's Black Panther.
In Hollywood, success breeds success and the money Black Panther rakes in will nearly certainly open the door to more action films with black casts and film-makers. That's the highest opening of all time for a film in February.
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Black Panther is a box office behemoth.
It's also been celebrated as important for representation. "Celebrate diversity, and hopefully if this does well, then you'll see more movies like this", Barnes said. Black Panther now holds several more records including biggest non-sequel opening weekend, biggest solo superhero launch, biggest long holiday opening weekend and biggest Monday grosser.
"It absolutely opened up the film for a new audience", Foster said.
Black Panther, directed by African American filmmaker Ryan Coogler ("Creed"), features a star-studded, nearly entirely black cast led by Chadwick Boseman as the first non-white superhero to get his own stand-alone movie in the franchise.
For the people who bought out theaters, who posted on social about how lit the film would be, bragged about our awesome cast, picked out outfits to wear, and who stood in line in theaters all over the world- all before seeing the film...