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The Black Panther breaks the box office on opening weekend

Chadwick Boseman as the Black Panther

Released February 16, 2018, the Ryan Coogler directed film tells the story of T’Challa. (Chadwick Boseman) who returns to his native Wakanda after his father’s death to succeed his father as king. All is going well, until the arrival of Killmonger, a powerful and ruthless enemy who not only tests T’Challa’s reign as king, but also as the Black Panther. During his quests to defend his title and identity, the new king is soon drawn into life altering conflicts putting himself, the fate of his native Wakanda, and the rest of the world at risk. Soon, T’Challa releases the power of the Black Panther and is faced with betrayal and grave danger while trying to eliminate his enemies and secure the safety of his country and his people. This film was packed with non stop action and stand out performances.

Chadwick Boseman doesn’t disappoint as T’Challa, the king of the fictional country of Wakanda, who is mourning the death of his father, while ascending to the throne. T’Challa gains massive strength by ingesting a heart-shaped herb, to become the almighty Black Panther. Micheal B. Jordan crashes through the walls as the menacing Erik Kilmonger, the son of U.S. black-ops soldier N’Jobu, who seeks to overthrow T’Challa. Killmonger has his own opinions of how Wakanda should be run, and also had ulterior motives. Letitia Wright delights as Shuri, T’Challa’s 16-year-old sister, who is also the princess of Wakanda and designer of new technology for the country. Shuri is an charming, and innovative spirit, who strives to take Wakanda to new heights. Lupita Nyong’o deliverers her normal sass as Nakia, T’Challa’s former flame and an undercover spy for Wakanda placed in other countries to complete numerous missions. Danai Gurira pristinely shines as Okoye, a no nonsense, proud, and extremely powerful Wakandan woman from the Border Tribe. She is the head of the Dora Milaje, who serve as T’Challa’s bodyguards, and is extremely loyal to her people and country.

Black Panther brought in an estimated $193 million for its three-day North American debut this weekend, making it film the fifth biggest opening of all time.

Written by Ashly Smith

Ashly E. Smith is an author, poet, columnist, and freelance writer from Baltimore, Maryland. With her strong pop culture and entertainment backgrounds, Ashly strives to create articles that inspire as well as entertain.

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