[B]lack Panther is the most cultural significant movie of its generation. Its release has sparked a wave of positivity across the internet and the world IRL and installed the Black Panther himself (via Chadwick Boseman) as an icon for millions of children who could previously only attach their superhero dreams to white actors called Chris (Evans, Pine etc) or obscure, peripheral black characters afforded minimal space in the expansive Marvel or DC universes.
Charged with inspiring a generation in a time when the world’s (and especially America’s) racial divides have widened, Black Panther has spectacularly delivered. It’s a damn great superhero movie, with an epic hero, awesome supporting characters and, all importantly for production houses, the capacity for a flurry of sequels expanding the story of Wakanda.
Here are all the records the movie shattered on its way to becoming a global phenomenon.
The Highest Rated super hero film on Rotten Tomatoes – 97%
The highest percentage of female audience members for a superhero film – 45% (ordinarily 35 – 40%)
Instantly becoming the highest-grossing film by a black director (an estimated $387 million already, compared to second place Straight Outta Compton which grossed $214 million for the duration of its release in 2015)
The highest grossing February release ever (an estimated $387 million already, ahead of Deadpool ($159 million)
The biggest non-sequel opening day of all time (ahead of Hunger Games’ $152 million)
Black Panther is also the 5th biggest opening weekend of all time behind only The Dark Knight, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Jurassic World, and Star Wars: The Force Awakens.