The highly anticipated Marvel movie Black Panther has shattered expectations and records in its opening weekend after far exceeding projected box office expectations in the US and across the globe.
The movie made an estimated $200 million in the US over the weekend while global ticket sales are estimated to bring in close to $387 million globally by Monday.
Black Panther has already made history on a number of fronts.
Ryan Coogler is the first black director to direct a Marvel movie and the film is Marvel’s first movie with predominantly black cast.
The cast includes a number of high-profile actors including Michael B. Jordan, Angela Bassett, Lupita Nyong‘o, Chadwick Boseman and Forest Whittaker.
Black Panther also instantly became the top-grossing movie in history by a black director. The previous record-holder was Straigh Outta Compton, which earned a total of $214 million after inflation in its entire run in 2015.
South Africans were amongst those who flocked to cinemas over the weekend for the big release, and why not?
Not only did South African actors John and Atandwa Kani as well Connie Chiume feature on the cast, local musicians Babes Wudumo, Sjava, Reason, Yugen Blakrok and Saudi showed off their talent on the movie’s soundtrack.
The soundtrack also made its debut on the Billboard 100 Chart.
Black Panther currently has a 97% rating on Rotten Tomatoes and is second only to 1939’s Wizard of Oz.
Black Panther follows T’Challa who, after the death of his father, the King of Wakanda, returns home to the isolated, technologically advanced African nation to take his rightful place as king.