Regardless, some of the fight scenes in this movie were among the most visually appealing I have ever seen; and director Ryan Coogler should really be applauded for doing such an excellent job. Like anyone else, references to Vine-born memes are part of young Wakandans' vocabulary. And Boseman's portrayal of T'Challa is nearly as great, if only limited by Boseman nearly overplaying the stoic nature of the king of Wakanda.
Black Panther is based off the Marvel Comics character of the same name. A week after its release, the movie surpassed "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" as the second-highest grossing four-day domestic opening of all time, raking in $242 million at over 4,000 North American locations. With the throne empty, Wakanda, the fictional African nation where the film takes place, is in need of a new king.
While stars of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and the DC Extended Universe have enjoyed a playful rivalry over the years, Smith couldn't help but honor Black Panther and its impressive opening weekend totals, putting it in the top five opening weekends of all time. Still, Black Panther's record Tuesday beats the record-holder for pre-summer, Beauty and the Beast previous year with $17.8 million, and also beats the record holder in the Marvel Universe, The Avengers, at $17 million.
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Audiences bestowed Black Panther with an A+ CinemaScore (the only other Marvel title to earn the mark was Avengers).
"Hopefully someday we'll look back at the release of Black Panther as the turning point when diversity and positive representation in blockbusters switched from being an anomaly to being normal", said Phil Contrino, Director of media and research for the National Association of Theater Owners. This film is representative of a movement away from checking off the diversity list, to make sure your film has enough people of color in it, and towards writing good movies centered around people of every color. Apparently the theatre exploded after she said yes, and we don't doubt this a bit.