Black Panther Thursday night box office numbers are in, and according to Disney the Marvel film raked in $25.2 million.
This makes Black Panther the 2nd best Thursday ever for a Marvel movie after Avengers: Age of Ultron ($27.6M) and some nickels above Captain America: Civil War ($25M), according to Deadline.
A bulk of advance tickets have been purchased by celebrities like Octavia Spencer, churches, youth groups, fraternities, sororities, and student groups as we celebrate the first major Black ensemble blockbuster on screen.
THE THEME of giving back to your community runs strong through “Black Panther,” so it’s only fitting that campaigns and charity efforts have sprung up with one mission in mind: to help disadvantaged kids, many them of color, see Marvel’s ultimate black superhero come to their neighborhood.
More than 200 grass-roots campaigns have sprouted up in communities worldwide. And one of the most prominent social forces leading up to Friday’s official opening of the film has been the hashtag campaign #BlackPantherChallenge, which was started by Frederick Joseph, a New York-based philanthropist. The challenge allows kids to see the movie for free.