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Box-Office Smash ‘Black Panther’ May Be Game Changer for Artists

  • It’s the first Marvel film with African-American in lead role
  • Movie’s success may mean more work for black actors, directors
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"Black Panther" Sets Record With $235 Million Opening

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The epic box-office debut of “Black Panther,” the first Marvel superhero movie with an African-American in the title role, will force Hollywood to reassess the work it gives black actors and filmmakers and lead to better roles for minorities and women.

The movie from Walt Disney Co.’s superhero factory opened with estimated weekend sales of $192 million, ComScore Inc. said Sunday in an email, setting a record for a February opening and likely becoming the biggest movie ever starring a largely black cast. It’s the fifth-biggest open ever in the domestic market and second-biggest for Marvel. Analysts were forecasting as much as $185 million for Friday through Sunday.