If you were unable to get Black Panther tickets for opening night because of the pre-sale records, find solace in the fact that you are not alone.
Director Ryan Coogler, best known for helming 2015's Creed and 2013's Fruitvale Station, recently talked about the importance of the film and how it transcends the superhero genre, telling Rolling Stone, "I think the question that I'm trying to ask and answer in Black Panther is, 'What does truly mean to be African?'" the filmmaker recently told Rolling Stone. Well, Captain America: Civil War opened to $179 million in 2016, which could make that a good ballpark for Black Panther's opening weekend estimates.
There may be a new king atop Marvel's movie empire.
A new featurette has been released for Marvel's Black Panther. While films starring and created by black talent have long had a place at the movie theater and reliably made their money back, their reach and budgets have often been limited thanks in part to an executive-level reticence to invest in black narratives.
Advanced tickets went on sale earlier this week, and sales have already outperformed those of Marvel's previous hit, Captain America: Civil War. I'm predicting that Black Panther will easily beat that opening.
Directed by Ryan Coogler, Black Panther also stars Letitia Wright as Shuri, T'Challa/Black Panther's tech whiz sister; Angela Bassett as Ramonda, T'Challa's mother and advisor; Danai Gurira as Okoye, the head of the Dora Milaje; Forest Whitaker as Zuri, a shaman who serves as a father figure to T'Challa; Daniel Kaluuya as W'Kabi, T'Challa's best friend; and Martin Freeman as Everett K. Ross, a former Central Intelligence Agency operative and Joint Counter Terrorism Task Force liaison. This will mark the first time that Lamar, whom Rolling Stone dubbed "the greatest rapper alive", will write, produce, perform and curate for a major motion picture.