When Marvel’s Black Panther released last month, we knew it would have a major impact on Africa and how Africans are viewed. The film celebrated African culture, music and technology and used some incredible actors who were born on this continent. However, not only did the film break multiple records at the local box office, Disney confirmed today that ‘Black Panther’ has officially become the highest-grossing film of all time in South Africa earning more than R77,6 million!
South Africa joins East and West Africa where the film already claimed it’s spot as the highest-grossing film of all time in respective regions. In East Africa, the film has raked in over Kes 102.4m and in West Africa N642.5m, to become the highest grossing film of all time in both territories.
“We are thrilled at the response Black Panther has received from fans across the continent as this next chapter in the Marvel Cinematic Universe plays out with a distinctly proud African story,” says Christine Service, Senior Vice President of The Walt Disney Company Africa. “To everyone who celebrated the release by watching, dressing up, singing in the cinemas and enjoying the film across social media, a very big thank you from all of us at Disney and Marvel Studios.”
Marvel Studios’ Black Panther follows T’Challa who, after the death of his father, the King of Wakanda, returns home to the isolated, technologically advanced African nation to succeed to the throne and take his rightful place as king. But when a powerful old enemy reappears, T’Challa’s mettle as king—and Black Panther—is tested when he is drawn into a formidable conflict that puts the fate of Wakanda and the entire world at risk. Faced with treachery and danger, the young king must rally his allies and release the full power of Black Panther to defeat his foes and secure the safety of his people and their way of life. Black Panther stars Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira, Martin Freeman, Daniel Kaluuya, Letitia Wright, Winston Duke, with Angela Bassett, with Forest Whitaker, and Andy Serkis.
Black Panther is now in cinemas now.
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