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Black Panther breaks records in debut weekend

Scene from the Black Panther movie. Photo: Marvel

Black Panther pounced on the weekend box office, breaking cultural barriers and earning the highest debut ever for a February film, with an estimated three-day domestic gross of $192 million.

According to Disney, The opening was the fifth highest-earning of any film.

The only other movies that have brought in more are Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Jurassic World and The Avengers.

Stan Lee and Jack Kirby introduced the story to Marvel Comics’ readers back in the 1960s.

Black Panther stars Chadwick Boseman as T’Challa and Lupita Nyong’o as Nakia and is directed by Ryan Coogler. At age 31, Coogler helped make history.

The Times reports Black Panther is the highest-grossing film ever by a black director.

It tells the story of T’Challa, described by Marvel as “righteous king, noble Avenger,” who rules the fictional and technologically-rich African nation of Wakanda and finds his leadership put to the test.

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