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'Black Panther' Makes Movie History at Box Office

by Giam Pierre


“Black Panther” enjoyed one of the biggest opening weekends at the box office in movie history.



Kings and Queens of Black Hollywood

Marvel Studios made history with “Black Panther.”

Walt Disney made history with “Black Panther.”

And in the process, the superhero movie might have broken down conventional stereotypes in Hollywood about movies with African-Americans in most of the starring roles being a blockbuster, or the stereotype that Black films do not sell well overseas.

“Black Panther” had the fifth biggest domestic opening weekend of all time behind “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” “Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” “Jurassic World” and “The Avengers,” according to

Furthermore, the film had the second largest opening weekend of any Marvel Studios movie behind “The Avengers.”

But of equal importance, director Ryan Coogler and the predominantly Black cast of “Black Panther” made cinematic history with its opening weekend international profits last week. takes a quick look at how “Black Panther” stacks up against other blockbuster films with a predominantly Black casts or a Black director on opening weekend.

Numbers are domestic results not adjusted for inflation.

Largest Opening Weekend for Movie with Predominantly Black Cast

“Black Panther” (2018)--$201.7 million (4 days)

“Straight Outta Compton” (2015)--$60.2 million

“Bad Boys II” (2003)--$46.5 million

“The Nutty Professor II: The Klumps” (2000)--$42.5 million

“Ride Along” (2014)--$41.5 million

“Tyler Perry’s Madea Goes to Jail” (2009)--$41 million

“The Nutty Professor” (1996)--$25.4 million

“Coming to America” (1988)--$21.4 million

Largest Opening Weekend for Movie with Black Director

Ryan Coogler/ “Black Panther” (2018)--$201.7 million (4 days)

F. Gary Gray/ “The Fate of the Furious” (2017)--$98.7 million

F. Gary Gray/ “Straight Outta Compton” (2015)--$60.2 million

Tim Story/ “Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer” (2007)--$58 million

John Singleton/ “2 Fast 2 Furious” (2003)--$50.4 million

Keenan Ivory Wayans/ “Scary Movie” (2000)--$42.3 million

Tim Story/ “Ride Along” (2014)--$41.5 million

Tyler Perry/ “Tyler Perry’s Madea Goes to Jail” (2009)--$41 million


Tim Story/ “Fantastic Four” (2005)--$25 million

This article was published on Friday 23 February, 2018.
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