Marvel Studios’ Black Panther is officially out and proving the hype is real. After breaking overseas records yesterday (February 15), SOHH had to pull through and join in on the movie-going adventure.
Last night, SOHH Entertainment Correspondent Ryan Proctor entered an endless line of Black Panther ticket holders at the AMC Dakota 9 theater in North Dakota.
Movie industry experts have already weighed-in on the expected impact Black Panther will have at the box office.
“Kudos to Disney,” John Fithian, CEO of the National Association of Theatre Owners, said of Marvel’s parent. “They lay down a $200 million bet that a minority cast can appeal to a majority of Americans.” NATO, which just reported theater admissions fell 6 percent last year, has long contended that diversity “outside the movie theatres must be recognized inside the theatres.” … “Diverse offerings appeal to different audiences, which combine and re-combine in many different ways,” Fithian told The Post. “We look forward to when films like ‘Black Panther’ are not an anomaly.” (New York Post)
Yesterday, reports claimed the must-see movie had already banked over $20 million from the international market.
The Marvel movie blasted off to a lordly $23.2 million overseas after opening in 17 locations, including the United Kingdom, South Korea, and France. Domestically, “Black Panther” will launch in previews on Thursday night before debuting across 4,020 locations. The film is expected to open to as much as $170 million — enthusiasm is rising on the strength of glowing reviews and the historic nature of the production. It is the first Marvel Cinematic Universe movie with a black protagonist. (Variety)
This week, “Power” stars Omari Hardwick and La La Anthony boasted about Black Panther.