'Black Panther' breaks multiple box office records

Global ticket sales are predicted to total an estimated 387 million by today.

A display of some of the outfits worn by actors in the movie 'Black Panther'. Picture: Facebook

NEW YORK – Black Panther has broken multiple box office records in its opening weekend both in the US and globally, far exceeding projections that had been made about the much-anticipated film.

The movie, which is the first Marvel movie to be directed by a black filmmaker and feature a predominantly black cast stars, South African actors, John and Atandwa Kani as well as Connie Chiume alongside Chadwick Boseman, who plays the titular role.

In the US, Black Panther garnered over $200 million over this past weekend.

Global ticket sales are predicted to total an estimated $387 million by Monday.

Black Panther instantly became the top-grossing film in history by a black director Ryan Coogler, beating out previous record-holder, Straight Outta Compton, which earned $214 million for its entire run in 2015, after adjusting for inflation.

Many see this as a giant leap forward for the film industry and hope more is to come.

The soundtrack, which features South African artists like Babes Wodumo, also debuted at number one on the Billboard 100 Chart.

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