Director Ryan Coogler thanks fans for 'Black Panther' success

Black Panther exceeded expectations at the box office during its opening weekend, and director Ryan Coogler is a little overwhelmed by it all.

According to Marvel, the King of Wakanda will go in a "bold new direction" this May, starting in Black Panther #1. The joke was a well-timed, moment of lightness in the film and the most successful comic book movie meme reference I know of. "We congratulate the filmmakers and the studio on delivering a groundbreaking superhero movie that keeps audiences coming back again and again". In fact, she was so pleased with the film that she even took to Twitter to congratulate the team behind it, praising "Black Panther" for the inspiration it gives people from all walks of life. With the $201 million opening, Black Panther had the fifth highest opening weekend of all time; Star Wars: The Force Awakens is the current record holder with a $247 million opening.

"I think it's important for them to see a movie that's really uplifting and empowering for the community", he said.

Black Panther is a box office behemoth. The positive roles that are not commonly seen for people of color and women in action movies are one of the biggest draws for families.

'Filmmaking is a team sport. The world our characters inhabit, the fictional African country of Wakanda, is made of elements that are so deeply researched it's frankly astonishing, and it's an extraordinary visual achievement-this movie will be winning Oscars. Other actors in the film include Danai Gurira, Forest Whitaker, Angela Bassett, Daniel Kaluuya, Letitia Wright, Sterling Brown, Winston Duke and more.

"Black Panther" is about the mythical and highly advanced African nation of Wakanda, where T'Challa, played by Chadwick Boseman, inherits the throne but is challenged by a Wakandan exile named Killmonger, played by Michael B. Jordan.

Still, Black Panther's record Tuesday beats the record-holder for pre-summer, Beauty and the Beast previous year with $17.8 million, and also beats the record holder in the Marvel Universe, The Avengers, at $17 million.

  • Salvatore Jensen