Black Pan­ther took an al­most all-black cast to new ... crit­i­cal highs.

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1. Dis­ney is both win­ner and loser

The Mouse House and its sub­sidiaries have the three top movies of the year in box­of­fice terms: Black Pan­ther, Avengers: In­fin­ity War and In­cred­i­bles 2.

Dis­ney ex­ecs and their cre­ative teams must be feel­ing pleased, but also a lit­tle dis­ori­ented.

They’re also re­spon­si­ble for three of the year’s big­gest duds, crit­i­cally and fi­nan­cially: A Wrin­kle in Time, Solo: A Star Wars Story and The Nutcracker Leti­tia Wright is part of the Black Pan­ther cast that helped dis­pel the no­tion only a pre­dom­i­nately Cau­casian cast could do well at the box of­fice.

and the Four Realms, none of which lived up to grand ex­pec­ta­tions.

2. Fran­chise re­vivals work, ex­cept when they don’t

Ev­ery­body fig­ured that a Hal­loween re­match be­tween Jamie Lee Cur­tis’s scrappy babysit­ter char­ac­ter Lau­rie Strode and se­rial slasher Michael My­ers would prob­a­bly do at least OK busi­ness, since the fan base is loyal.

But few peo­ple bet on it blow­ing the haunted house doors off. David Gor­don Green’s Hal­loween opened to $77.5 mil­lion in the U.S. and Canada last month, mak­ing it the sec­ond-big­gest hor­ror movie open­ing ever — and the big­gest ever with a fe­male Jamie Lee Cur­tis’s re­turn to the Hal­loween fran­chise set new box-of­fice records for a hor­ror movie.


3. A good film works with any colour

The racist Hol­ly­wood delu­sion that only a pre­dom­i­nately Cau­casian cast could do block­buster busi­ness at home

and abroad was fi­nally shat­tered this year. Ryan Coogler’s Black Pan­ther took an al­most all-black cast to new box-of­fice and crit­i­cal highs, do­ing so well that it’s now a hot Os­cars prospect, from Best Pic­ture on down.


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