Twitter reacted, and is still reacting, following the worldwide debut of Marvel’s latest box office hit, the Black Panther. The first Marvel’s movie where African culture, traditions, music, and even languages were the center stage. Not forgetting it was directed by a black director (Ryan Coogler) and most of the cast were black; including the main super hero.
The records Black Panther broke
Other than being Marvel’s first largely black cast super hero movie, the Black Panther also broke the ceiling for Ryan Coogler in terms of his top-grossing film. The movie also broke the record of the highest debut ever for a film debuted in February, having a domestic gross of $192 million in the three days following its release.
It also secured the 5th biggest domestic opening in the U.S. of all time and it is the best launched superhero movie coming second only to Marvel title The Avengers (2012). Experts say that by Monday (today), the movie is predicted to have earned $387 million.
It is also brought a rare Africans in flocks to the theatres around the continent. They came donning their traditional attire; the weekend was African fashion weekend. And why not, it was the first Hollywood that best depicts their culture, tradition, and clothing.
Twitter was set a blaze
It would be appear anybody who had an opinion on the movie took to Twitter to air out. Under various hashtags like #BlackPanther #WakandaForever and #BlackExcellence among others, tweets were sent in their thousands.
Check out a sample of these tweets below:
— Nkanyezi (@NkanyeziKubheka) February 19, 2018
— Masechaba Ndlovu (@MasechabaNdlovu) February 18, 2018
— Yamkela Mdaka (@AlekBlak) February 17, 2018
— Nkanyezi (@NkanyeziKubheka) February 18, 2018
This here is South African actress Connie Chiume, Kenyan born Lupita Nyongo, Zimbabwean American Danai Gurira and South African legend John Kani, Stars of #BlackPanther which is approaching a $200 million 4 Day record at the box office. Africa your time is now 🖤 pic.twitter.com/elSGwRGOg5
— Jay Badza (@jaybadza47) February 17, 2018
— Tshepang Molisana (@TshepiMolisana) February 18, 2018
How i wish we supported black businesses the way we support Black Panther. #BlackPanther
— Azola Mlota (@mlota_azola) February 18, 2018
Congrats to the entire #blackpanther team! Because of you, young people will finally see superheroes that look like them on the big screen. I loved this movie and I know it will inspire people of all backgrounds to dig deep and find the courage to be heroes of their own stories.
— Michelle Obama (@MichelleObama) February 19, 2018
— Erik Filmmonger (@MatthewACherry) February 20, 2018
— April (@ReignOfApril) February 20, 2018