PAN­THER KING OF CIN­E­MAS

Marvel’s lat­est ac­tion-packed su­per­hero film smashes the com­pe­ti­tion to notch up the fifth-big­gest open­ing week­end ever

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AL­READY a much-cel­e­brated pop-cul­ture mile­stone, Black

Pan­ther is now a record-set­ting smash at the box of­fice, too.

The Marvel su­per­hero film blew past ex­pec­ta­tions, with $192 mil­lion in ticket sales in North Amer­ica in its first week­end, ac­cord­ing to stu­dio es­ti­mates. That makes Black

Pan­ther the fifth-big­gest open­ing week­end ever, not ac­count­ing for in­fla­tion.

The only films with a higher gross­ing open­ing week­end are Star Wars: The Force Awak­ens, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Juras­sic World and The Avengers.

It’s also the high­est-gross­ing Fe­bru­ary open­ing week­end.

“All hail the King of Wakanda!” de­clared the Walt Dis­ney Co while re­port­ing the week­end es­ti­mates.

The stu­dio fore­casts a four­day hol­i­day week­end of $218 mil­lion in the US and Canada, and a global de­but of $361 mil­lion. Though the film’s in­ter­na­tional foot­print doesn’t in­clude sev­eral of the largest mar­kets – China, Rus­sia, Ja­pan – it still ranks among the top 15 global de­buts ever.

Ryan Coogler’s film, which cost about $200 mil­lion to make, is the most big bud­get, largely black ensem­ble film in years and among the few to be cen­tred on a black su­per­hero. The strong open­ing sug­gests Black Pan­ther will eas­ily set a box-of­fice record for films di­rected by a black film­maker.

Chad­wick Bose­man stars as T’Challa/Black Pan­ther in the first stand-alone film for the su­per­hero cre­ated by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby in 1966. The cast also fea­tures Michael B Jor­dan, Lupita Ny­ong’o, Daniel Kalu­uya and Leti­tia Wright. Ac­cord­ing to comS­core, 37 per cent of movie­go­ers were African-Amer­i­can.

Chad­wick Bose­man in a scene from Marvel’s Black Pan­ther, which is shap­ing as a mas­sive box of­fice hit.

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