‘Black Panther’ is on course to become one of the highest-grossing blockbusters in history.
The much-discussed new Marvel film – which stars the likes of Chadwick Boseman, Michael B Jordan, and Lupita Nyong’o – has achieved one of the biggest-ever second weekends of ticket sales, earning an estimated $108 million in the US, plus a further $83.8 million internationally. Lupita Nyong’o shared her excitement online.
— Lupita Nyong'o (@Lupita_Nyongo) February 26, 2018
As a result, ‘Black Panther’ – which features a predominantly black cast – has become only the fourth film to earn $100 million in its second weekend, alongside ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’, ‘Jurassic World’ and ‘The Avengers’.
What’s more, only ‘The Force Awakens’ has enjoyed a better second weekend than ‘Black Panther’.
News of the film’s box office success comes shortly after director Ryan Coogler admitted he couldn’t have passed up the opportunity to helm the new Marvel movie. The filmmaker revealed that the project became his most “personal” movie because it was his chance to tell a fictional story about the continent which gave birth to his ancestors without it being about the slave trade.
He shared: “For me, this opportunity was unique because I could make something I truly hadn’t seen before. As an African American, our history with the continent is very fraught. We’re not generally able to tie our lineage back as a result of a very specific traumatic experience that happened to us.”
“So how we learn about the continent is skewed through that lens, through that relationship, and how we learn about ourselves is skewed. There was a gap in my own identity. So in many ways, this is my most personal film.”