Black Panther again slays North American box office

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African-American women who have been shown nearly exclusively with straight hair onscreen might be inspired by the movie to wear their hair naturally after seeing the standard for African beauty that "Black Panther" displays.

The importance of a film that has a cast consisting nearly entirely of black actors, is centered around black culture and features strong female characters doing this well at the box office can not be understated. This makes it the most successful Marvel film in its first week at the box office, and it just needs to continue this momentum to be the studio's most successful film ever. The last film to achieve this plateau was Star Wars: The Last Jedi in 2017.

Black Panthers stars Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan (Creed), Lupita Nyong'o (12 Years A Slave), Danai Gurira (The Walking Dead), Martin Freeman (The Hobbit), and Angela Basset (American Horror Story).

In simple terms, everyone who walks out of the film - or as close to everyone as makes no difference - is raving about the film to their friends. Outside the MCU, that $108 million is equally as impressive, landing Black Panther in second place, behind only The Force Awakens' $149.2 million.

To give some context, from week one to weeke two Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Star Wars: The Last Jedi dropped nearly 70 per cent, and Captain America: The First Avenger and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part One, for example, dropped around 60 per cent. The young princess, Shuri, is a tech wizard and is responsible for creating weapons for "Black Panther" that surpass the innovation of James Bond, Bruce Wayne, or even Tony Stark. And now that the numbers have come in, we can add yet another mark to Black Panther's already extensive list of achievements.

In cinema history there have been black superheroes, such as Blade, and female superheroes, such as Supergirl.

The Avengers took $270 million in its first week from the North American market, whereas Black Panther has surpassed that with a whopping $22 million more, at $292 million.

Feige also said he hoped Ryan Coogler, who directed Black Panther, would return to direct its sequel.