Marvel’s Black Panther is continuing to break records, now becoming the top-grossing film in history by a Black director.
Ryan Coogler’s smash hit surpassed previous record-holder Straight Outta Compton, bringing in an estimated $387 million worldwide compared with the NWA biopic landing at a still-impressive $214 million worldwide in 2015, according to The Jasmine Brand.
Black Panther also demolished the Presidents Day weekend record, knocking 2016’s Deadpool out of the No. 1 position, as reported by Variety.
The impact of the star-studded film has been felt internationally as well, with the movie shattering opening-day numbers in the U.K. Express reports that Black Panther opened in Ireland and the U.K to a whopping £2.67 million ($3,746,517 in U.S. dollars).
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Born and raised in Compton, California, Jessica Bennett began her career as an intern at The Oakland Post, and later, The Source Magazine. She went on to write for respected hip hop publications such as DJ Booth and Hip Hop DX before becoming the Urban Editor of pop culture website, Wetpaint.com. She joined Ebony as the Entertainment Editor August 2017. Bennett has interviewed such names as Vanessa Williams, Spike Lee, Tyra Banks, Forest Whitaker, Magic & Cookie Johnson and several others.