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Black Panther tears up box office records
We've been expecting Marvel's Black Panther to eat the box office alive. But even so, the volley of groundbreaking records set by the acclaimed blockbuster is something to behold.
Directed by Ryan Coogler, the film stars Chadwick Boseman as the titular T'Challa/Black Panther and is the first Marvel blockbuster to be spearheaded by a predominantly black cast. Little surprise that, according to Digital Spy, African-American audiences are said to have made up 37% of the movie's colossal $192 million three-day opening weekend in America (estimated). That's the fifth biggest domestic film debut ever, beaten only by Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Jurassic World and The Avengers. It's also set the record for the biggest debut for an African-American filmmaker.
Factoring in the four-day American President's Day weekend, and Black Panther looks set to take an even more impressive $235m. If so it would obliterate Deadpool's debut of $152m (can we expect the Merc with a Mouth to comment?).
Add to this an estimated international debut of $169m (the 15th largest global debut of all time) and the movie stands at a towering $404m worldwide, according to figures from Variety. (That's not even including markets like China and Russia, where the movie is yet to open.) The film has easily recouped its substantial $200m budget and looks to become one of Marvel's biggest ever. (That record is still held by 2012's Avengers Assemble with $1.5 billion in the bank.)
The movie has also posted records in South Korea, grossing $25.3m in its first week. Little surprise given a key car chase scene takes place in the country's city of Busan. Meanwhile on British shores the movie also did gangbusters – according to Screen Daily, it's taken £17.7m in six days, the highest February opening ever recorded in the UK.
Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle now Sony's second-biggest movie of all time
It's not just Black Panther that's ringing the cash registers. December's Jumanji reboot/sequel/rebootquel Welcome to the Jungle starring Dwayne Johnson has continued to defy all expectations to gross an impressive $904m worldwide. According to Screen Rant, that officially makes it distributor Sony's second-biggest movie release ever, just behind Skyfall's global gross of $1.1bn.
Co-starring Kevin Hart, Jack Black and Karen Gillan, the warmly received comedy-adventure sees four teenagers transported into the video game world of Jumanji. While in there, each finds themselves replaced with avatar simulations, including Johnson's imposing Dr. Smoulder Bravestone. With a sequel now on the cards, many of us can't wait to head back to the jungle for more.
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Dwayne Johnson's Rampage gets a new international trailer
Because you can never have too much of The Rock in your life, here's another teaser of his next movie. Based on the popular 80s arcade game, Rampage casts him as beefy, gun-toting primatologist David Okoye, a man whose bond with silverback gorilla George is tested when the latter mutates and grows to abormal size. As George causes carnage, Davis must also confront a wider conspiracy that threatens all of humanity.
Dwayne Johnson plus giant gorilla plus retro game source material? Need we say more about why you need to see this? Check out the new international trailer, complete with footage not seen in the recent UK one, and pencil in Rampage's release date of 13th April in your diary.