HOLLYWOOD GIST: Marvel’s latest film Black Panther is poised to shatter box office records after opening in theaters on Friday. Celebrities have took to Twitter to express their excitement for the African superhero film.
It would be of no much surprise if Black Panther eventually tops superhero films’ record holder, Marvel’s The Avengers, for best showing. Not only has the film already earned outstanding reviews from critics and viewers, celebrities have taken to Twitter to praise the film and encourage followers to make their way to theaters as soon as possible.
Black Panther has actually topped all other Marvel films with a score of 97 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, beating The Avengers‘ previous record of 92 percent. It also received Marvel’s second A+ CinemaScore.
The film earned a whopping $75.8 million on Friday, putting it on the list of 10 best opening days ever, and it’s expected to make history by being on track to earn between $205-210 million during the long President’s Day weekend. (For comparison, The Avengers made $207.4 million during its opening weekend in 2012.)
The superhero film features a cast of mostly Black actors—including Lupita Nyong’o, Chadwick Boseman, Danai Gurira, and Michael B. Jordan—which makes it stand out in a genre that’s often represented by white folks.
Celebrities like Shonda Rhimes, Janelle Monae, and Leslie Jones all expressed their excitement about the film on Twitter; encouraging moviegoers to get their tickets.
Marvel’s Black Panther Twitter Reactions
Here are some of the best celebrity reactions to the film:
“I woke up this morning, opened my eyes and whispered to myself “Black Panther is here.” And I was instantly recovered from Idris’ engagement. #BlackPanther” – Shonda Rhimes (@shondarhimes)
“Just watched Black Panther, RUN 2 this Film, Chadwick Boseman, Michael B Jordan off the hook, & EVERY woman in this film, no matter your own race, is the woman you want 2 be. Believe me when I tell you C this movie, it’s SO much more than you think it is.” – WhoopiGoldberg (@WhoopiGoldberg)
“Black Panther is more than a movie, it’s a movement. If you can be a hero in someone’s life, be one. #wakandaforever✊🏾 #BlackPantherIsMoreThanAMovie #BlackPantherChallenge” – Gabrielle Union (@itsgabrielleu)
“Black Panther was unbelievable….I was honestly blown away by the acting & the overall story. Job well done to the entire team that was involved. Make sure y’all go check it out this weekend” – Kevin Hart (@KevinHart4real)
“My whole family’s out watching #BlackPanther and I stayed here to work on the novel and I’m currently full of a bitter, aching regret.” – J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling)
“Just left the “Black Panther” premiere if you don’t go see it I can’t be friends with you!!! IT WAS EXCELLENT, MOTIVATING, FUNNY AND JUST ALL AROUND FUCKING DOPE!!!” – Leslie Jones (@Lesdoggg)
“I’m a new woman after seeing #BLACKPANTHER ✊🏾” – Danielle Brooks (@thedanieb)
“One of the best things you can do for yourself and/or the ones you love is purchase some #BlackPanther tix. I know it’s expensive to go to the theater, but its worth it for this one. You will exit forever impacted.” – Brie Larson (@brielarson)
“Men lie, women lie, numbers don’t!!!! Everybody go see #BLACKPANTHER!!!!! Let’s show our power at the box office!!!!!” – Sean Combs (@Diddy)
What about you, w are your thoughts on Black Panther the movie?