Black Panther exceeds high expectations in box office


Chadwick Boseman as the Black Panther stands tall by a flaming plane as his enemies approach him. Photo used with permission of Tribune News Service.

Claire Rosenthall, Sports Editor

Making over $201.8 million in its opening weekend, Black Panther, directed by Ryan Coogler, became the second largest film opening for Marvel Studios behind the 2012 Avengers according to CNNMoney.

When T’Challa, played by Chadwick Boseman, returns home to his African nation of Wakanda to accept his place on the family throne, he is challenged by Erik Killmonger, played by Michael B. Jordan.

The film has been highly noted for its blend of traditional African and African American culture, technological advances inside and out of the movie and its retelling of the Black Panther  storyline from the Marvel comics.

The Black Panther also had a lot of strong and empowered females roles which reached out to the female audience like T’Challa’s little sister, Shuri, played by Letitia Wright.

Myself being someone who has not read the comics, felt like the movie kept its viewers in the know about the plot itself. Only a few times I was left confused about a certain situation or relationship between characters.

From start to finish the movie always left you wanting more which can be rare for superhero movies that are often times just action-packed.

A lot of critics scolded the movie for focusing too much on African nationalism but I thought it was refreshing to have a superhero who was worried about staying true to his roots.

After its release on Feb. 16, Black Panther shattered multiple box office records like the record for an opening in February or by the directing of an African-American director.

Overall, the film fulfilled all of the hype it was received from critics, fans and movie lovers.