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