We loved Marvel Stuidios’ latest superhero movie, especially the cool South African references. And now it seems we weren’t alone. In its fifth weekend of release (16-18 March 2018), Black Panther became the all-time top-grossing film in South Africa, with a haul of over R77.6 million since it’s 16 February 2018 release. This record means that South Africa joins East and West Africa in claiming Black Panther as the highest grossing film of all time in these regions.
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In South Africa, Black Panther adds the record of all-time highest-grossing film to its previous records of the highest Saturday and February opening weekend and, of course, the biggest superhero film of all time. 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.
Christine Service, Senior Vice President of The Walt Disney Company Africa explains the significance of the success of the film:
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. 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, Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira, Michael B. Jordan, Letitia Wright, Martin Freeman, Daniel Kaluuya, Winston Duke, Angela Bassett, with Forest Whitaker, and Andy Serkis. The film is directed by Ryan Coogler.
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