Black Panther is the movie to see and the movie to support because we finally are going to see a cast full of American and African actors playing characters who are Black Kings, Queens, and Warriors. I hope we NOW can STOP being cast as slaves, drug dealers, and the long of list of negative roles we’ve been given over the years.
If Sci-fi isn’t your genre, it’s not about the type of movie this is, black actors are rarely cast as or even given the opportunity to play Kings and Queens and especially a superhero for the big screen. And like everything else in America’s society, black men and women have to prove themselves, and in this case, bring in the same box office numbers as their white counterparts.
Seriously, the investment that goes into this type of movie is what makes this an exceptional period to be living in; black men and women have always had to fight to prove themselves and work 10-times harder than the average person in the country, it’s not right, but it’s a fact.
Just like “Girls Trip,” the larger film studios never imagined 4 black actresses would break box office records, but they did, making $140,783,133. This proved to Hollywood and the rest of the world that all black female casts can bring in the same gross numbers as let’s say “Bridesmaids,” which was a white cast which made $289,527,030 worldwide. (The Numbers)
Black Panther has already amassed rave reviews from fans on social media following Monday’s world premiere. Box office success would simply reinforce the superhero genre as one of the most bankable in Hollywood. When tickets went on sale earlier this month, “Black Panther” broke Fandango’s presale ticket record for Marvel Cinematic Universe films in its first 24 hours, a record previously held by 2016’s “Captain America: Civil War.”
Of the top ten biggest opening weekends of all time, five are superhero films. At the top is 2012’s “The Avengers” at $207 million, making it the fourth biggest opening of all time behind the last two “Star Wars” films and “Jurassic World.”
Industry analysts are projecting that “Black Panther” could open at around $130 million or higher, but they caution that it’s still too early to tell.
“‘Black Panther’ is generating the kind of buzz that is usually reserved for the summer movie season,” said Paul Dergarabedian, a senior media analyst at comScore ().
I’m 45-years old, and I never imagined I would be alive to see a black superhero on the big screen, but I was wrong, and I feel so excited that I am alive to witness this moment. However, a handful are pointing out that “Blade” was the first black superhero that hit the screen, and yes that might be true, but it was promoted more like a vampire movie rather than a superhero movie. “Black Panther” is Marvel’s first film directed by an African-American (Ryan Coogler) and one of the first major superhero films that have a predominantly African-American cast.
Black men and women are often praised for the wrong reasons, and this time; we are finally being appreciated and represented correctly, as Kings and Queens. In addition to supporting the movie, I’m thrilled with the soundtrack, it’s unbelievable and worth every penny.