Black Panther is now playing in theaters.
Directed by Oakland native, Ryan Coogler, the Marvel Comics box office hit is being described as a groundbreaking super-hero film and cultural phenomenon. "The momentum that the film has, has left us unable, even, to keep up with projections".
Shuri is the tech genius behind her elder brother T'Challa and his Black Panther wizardry, through her innovative use of Vibranium to build a technologically advanced Wakanda. The Afrocentric movie touches on ideas of colonialism and the reverberations of slavery.
The film with the nearly all-black cast was expected to do well, but its four-day holiday weekend opening haul of $242 million in the USA and $427 million worldwide was better than expected. At a screening of Black Panther in Lekki, an upmarket district of Lagos, Nollywood stars mingled with TV personalities and locals. "His end was the same as draft one that it was in the film", said Coogler.
It's also been celebrated as important for representation.
The note quickly made the rounds on social media, so there's a good chance you've already seen it. "Everyone deserves to see themselves reflected on that silver screen and the inspiration that comes from it". "Not only because it's the right thing to do, but it makes for better, richer storytelling". "Black Panther #1 is a creative challenge for me". The moviegoers were 37 percent African American, 35 percent white, 18 percent Latino, 5 percent Asian and 5 percent other.
"It used to be the month made the movie", Dergarabedian said of Hollywood wisdom before "Black Panther".
It would've been fantastic to see that scene up on the big screen. Yes, for now, and frankly for the foreseeable future, Black Panther is going to be the second-fastest-grossing movie of all time in North America. Audiences are eating it up, and indeed the film is equal parts crowdpleaser and thought-provoking drama as Coogler weaves in themes that speak to the world we live in today, in between scenes of Danai Gurira kicking ass.