‘Black Panther’ Crushes Box Office Records

The Ryan Coogler-directed movie “Black Panther” has shattered the box office record by raking in $192 million for the three-day weekend and a projected $218 million-plus for the four-day holiday.

The movie secured the fifth-biggest domestic opening of all time, and the best of any superhero film behind fellow Marvel title “The Avengers,” which earned $207.4 million in its first three days.

 Additionally, the movie boasts other records which include the biggest opening for an African-American director, the top-scoring superhero film, and the biggest February opener.

Moviegoers also rated “Black Panther” with an A+ CinemaScore.

On the international circuit, “Black Panther” opened in virtually every major market racking in over $387 million within few days after its initial launch.

The number is expected to ratchet upwards after hitting theaters in Russia, Japan, and China early next month.

The movie cast includes the following stars’ Andy Serkis, Angela Bassett, Chadwick Boseman, Danai Gurira, Daniel Kaluuya, Forest Whitaker, Letitia Wright, Lupita Nyong’o, Martin Freeman, Michael B. Jordan, Stan Lee, Sterling K. Brown, and Winston Duke.

And what are some critics saying about the movie?

“Black Panther,” an adaptation of the iconic comic book that has been decades in coming, proves to be more than worth the wait. This lush, impressively well-acted film about an African king learning how best to marshal the superpowers with which he’s been endowed comes draped in anticipation, not only from hardcore fans of the source material but also from filmgoers already steeped in breathless hype.

The Washington Post — Ann Hornaday

A certain socially conscious apprehension can come with popular art that’s expected to be groundbreaking or revolutionary. Black Panther arrives freighted with the highest of expectations. Here’s the Marvel movie even non-Marvel fans are prepared to root for, the rare black superhero film, one boasting not only an almost all-black cast but helmed by a black director as well.

The Village Voice — Kristen Yoonsoo Kimby

Unlike many of its more hollow predecessors, Black Panther has real, honest-to-goodness stakes. As the most earnest and big-budget attempt yet of a black superhero film, Black Panther is assured of being an overdue cinematic landmark. But it’s also simply ravishing, grand-scale filmmaking.

The Associated Press — Jake Coyle

Meanwhile, the “Black Panther” album debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 chart, with 154,000 units sold.

The album features a number of songs by Kendrick Lamar, who curated and produced the hip-hop-heavy album.

“Black Panther” is the second soundtrack to reach number 1 on the Billboard 200 this year, following “The Greatest Showman,” which spent two weeks atop the list back in January.

Readers Bureau, contributor

Edited by Jesus Chan

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