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Record ‘Black Panther’ Debut May Be a Game Changer for Hollywood

  • Marvel film with African-American lead rakes in $235 million
  • Movie’s success may mean more work for black actors, directors
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Marvel's 'Black Panther' Arrives to a Fandom at Fever Pitch

Walt Disney Co.’s “Black Panther” smashed Presidents’ Day weekend records with a $235 million debut, a showing that may force Hollywood to reassess the work it gives black actors and filmmakers.

The first Marvel superhero movie with an African-American in the title role kept drawing unprecedented crowds after setting an all-time high with $192 million estimated weekend sales, ComScore Inc. said Monday in an email. The four-day box-office showing also exceeded Disney’s forecast.