Ryan Coogler thanks 'Black Panther' fans in heartfelt note after historic weekend

039;Black Panther' breakout Letitia Wright is just getting started

Black Panther exceeded expectations at the box office during its opening weekend, and director Ryan Coogler is a little overwhelmed by it all. It has the highest three-day debut ever for a February film and the fifth-biggest of all time behind only Star Wars: The Force Awakens at $248 million, Star Wars: The Last Jedi at $220 million, Jurassic World at $208.8 million, and The Avengers at $207.4 million.

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Critics and audiences pointed two thumbs straight up. "Black Panther" has left his mark on Hollywood and black culture in general, and it is refreshing to see a movie with a predominantly black cast flourish.

In a photograph posted on Marvel Studios' official Instagram page, Coogler (Director) shared that his cast and crew never anticipated the level at which Black Panther would touch movie-goers.

"Results like this go beyond anything anyone ever could have hoped for", said Dave Hollis, president of global distribution at Disney. Coogler's spent the last several weeks promoting the film, so he's already spoken at length about the process of making it and what it means to him. The Afrocentric movie touches on ideas of colonialism and the reverberations of slavery.

In Hollywood, success breeds success and the money Black Panther rakes in will nearly certainly open the door to more action films with black casts and film-makers.

The smell of popcorn and hum of a crowd filled the Wichita Falls Cinemark Friday, Feb. 16 as the community congregated to see Marvel's newest superhero movie, "Black Panther".

Ms Utkovic said recent reporting around African Australians and youth crime in Victoria makes an event like this one particularly resonant. "But also, a big part of it too says very clearly that inclusion and representation matter".

People should go and watch this movie regardless of their race or whether or not they're a Marvel fan, because it is a great action movie that does not hit you with overly-done action scenes. "Everyone deserves to see themselves reflected on that silver screen and the inspiration that comes from it". Some dressed in costumes to reflect the move's fictional African nation of Wakanda, while others dressed as members of the Black Panthers Party from the 1960s. The moviegoers were 37 percent African American, 35 percent white, 18 percent Latino, 5 percent Asian and 5 percent other.

At one point in the movie, technological mastermind Shuri leads her older brother T'Challa (aka the Black Panther) through her lab, filled with gadgets non-Wakandans can only dream of.

Killmonger's primary goal in Black Panther isn't becoming king of Wakanda, that is just something he had to do to accomplish his true goal: help the less fortunate around the globe and help them break free of oppression.



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