Let’s do the review thing first, okay? Here it is: The movie is great.
There. That concludes the review. You all don’t need me to tell you how amazing the film is; you probably already know. BLACK PANTHER has changed the rules, period. It made way more money than it was expected to make, and it was expected to be a big hit. It ended up being HUGE. The fifth biggest opening of all time, beating the second AVENGERS movie and coming awfully close to besting the first AVENGERS. It’s even closer to besting JURASSIC WORLD. When the final count is in, the estimates of 201.8 million dollars may prove to be too small. Counting the people who saw it on President’s Day, like I did, the total climbs to $235 million.
This was in FEBRUARY, a month previously considered a “down” time for movies. And this is a movie with an almost exclusively black cast; movies like that were never previously considered potential blockbusters. I went to a Monday afternoon matinee, and the theater was packed. The showing I’d intended to see sold out, and the theater quickly added a second one, which almost sold out, too. At the movie’s conclusion, there was a burst of applause. Seeing, as I did, that the crowd was made up of equal parts black folks and white folks, it was a genuinely beautiful moment, to see everyone brought together, all cheering for the same hero.
BLACK PANTHER is a great movie. Oscar-worthy great. But even more than that, it is an IMPORTANT movie. One that is literally rewriting the rules.
UPDATE: If you count the Monday totals, BLACK PANTHER now has the second biggest movie opening in history, coming in behind only STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS. Wow.
Hail to the King.