Black Panther Sets Record With $192 Million Opening Weekend

Marvel's superhero movie Black Panther has set the record for the biggest President’s Day Weekend opening in history.

Black Panther has surpassed Deadpool and now holds the record for the biggest President’s Day Weekend opening in movie history. Superhero tale Deadpool opened on the same weekend in 2016, raking in USD $152 million.

Black Panther was already earning praise for being the first pop culture superhero who is black, and hosts a mostly black cast. Now it is making history for having the fifth biggest opening weekend ever, and is Marvel Studios second biggest, after The Avengers.

Black Panther has earnt USD $263.219 million in five days, meaning it is the second-biggest five-day total ever, with the first being Star Wars: The Force Awakens with $325.4 million, and sits above Star Wars: The Last Jedi at $261.8 million.

The movie has given Ryan Coogler the biggest opening weekend in Hollywood history for an African-American director - a title that was previously held by F. Gary Gray whose film The Fate of The Furious opened with $98 million in April 2017.

Black Panther is also one of the first superhero movies in which an African-American actor has been cast as a lead role. Rotten Tomatoes gave it a 97% rating, and it has become the best reviewed live-action superhero movie of all time.

However, its impressive box office statistics, glowing reviews and ability to overtake previous movies of a similar standard is just the beginning. The success of the movie is a historical moment for African-Americans in the movie industry, as well as the superhero genre and Hollywood in general.

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