'Black Panther' claws to the top of box office and critics' radars

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"We're struggling to find leaders that are exemplary and role models so when you see the Black Panther as a young boy and he takes off that mask you think, "Oh my God, he looks like me".

Proposal at 10:15 Black Panther showing at Alamo Drafthouse in Brooklyn, man dressed up as Black Panther proposed to his fiancé (she said yes) who he knew would be here with her girlfriends.

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Marvel's Black Panther smashed box-office records over the weekend, matching overwhelming critical acclaim with ticket sales that surpassed any movie ever released in the month of February.

Black Panther has catapulted itself to the top of the record books, opening to an estimated $201.7 million in three days, according to Box Office Mojo.

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Actor Chadwick Boseman believes the success of Black Panther has led to a moment of reckoning in the entertainment industry as it has forced people to change their attitudes towards black people and their stories. When he arrives and seeks to take over Wakanda so that he can use its resources and technology to start a bloody uprising, one that would put black people in charge of the world, it's hard to see fault in his reasoning, if not approach. Of course, you probably already have. Thursday previews brought in $25.2 million, the largest Thursday night preview gross for a February opener and the second-largest preview gross for a Marvel film.

"Despite the different racial issues, the black community is making sure their voices are being heard, so this movie is a great addition to the current movement", Ojebuoboh wrote in an email. They introduced me in Civil War and said there would be a couple of other films, one of which was Black Panther. "It was absolutely just refreshing to see it, you know?" But others said if Hollywood studios get rich off these movies, they've earned it. "In the long run, it will not detract from the cultural significance of 'Black Panther, ' but it does blunt some of the positive force it has as it opens". During Saturday's slam-dunk contest ahead of the game, Boseman handed over the Black Panther mask to basketball star Victor Oladipo to wear while he performed tricks.

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Neesa-Chae and Kirah Loxley are excited to see a black superhero character on the big screen. "It comes at this point where we just got really impatient", said Lonny Avi Brooks, a professor of strategic communication at Cal State East Bay. They would be seeing a pair of films some call breakthroughs, just two years after outcry over a lack of African-American representation at the Oscars.

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