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Black Panther movie – A highlight of the Wakanda blockbuster

Black Panther exceeded expectations at the box office during its opening weekend, and director Ryan Coogler is a little overwhelmed by it all.

The romantic relationship between Okoye (played by The Walking Dead's goddess-queen Danai Gurira), a member of the Dora Milaje, and W'Kabi (played by Get Out's awesome Daniel Kaluuya) of the Border Tribe was an important element in Black Panther.

"Just to be able to showcase strong black characters - and talking about Africa - and strong black men and women, I think that's unique", Barnes said.

Disney-Marvel's Black Panther is heading for a stunning US$235 million ($310 million) debut over the four-day President's Day weekend at 4,020 North American locations, estimates showed Monday (Feb 19). The previous record holder was "Deadpool", which made $152 million domestically over the four-day holiday in 2016. Black Panther not only sets itself apart from your typical superhero film, it finally gives Marvel a hero with talking about Erik "Killmonger" Stevens. The Afrocentric movie touches on ideas of colonialism and the reverberations of slavery.

"Black Panther" is also the biggest global debut for a predominantly black cast.

Black Panther movie – A highlight of the Wakanda blockbuster
Ryan Coogler

Black Panther isn't just a wild success for superhero films, but a resounding refutation of the long-held Hollywood myths that either black audiences weren't worth being specifically catered to at the box office, or that films with predominantly black casts/leads can not sell movies. On the one hand, this film is far more respectful of the source material than a superhero movie circa 2006 would have been. So if the Glover brothers helped make those scenes even funnier, that was yet another good creative decision by Coogler in a movie full of them. According to comScore, 37 percent of ticket buyers were African American.

Audiences bestowed Black Panther with an A+ CinemaScore (the only other Marvel title to earn the mark was Avengers).

"Black Panther" had Imax's biggest weekend ever, bringing in $35 million globally from 676 screens. The film is directed by Ryan Coogler and scripted by Coogler and Joe Robert Cole. This action-packed film had its audience at the edge of their seats and swimming in emotions at nearly every turn.

The young movie-goers reacted to Barnes's generosity with appreciation. "People had to be there".

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