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>> Black Panther is the biggest in February opening in Hollywood history and the fifth biggest Box Office debut ever. And that's just in the US. Throwing international sales through Monday and the first Hollywood superhero movie with a nearly all black cast has taken in $426 million. But Black Panther's success is being measured beyond dollars and cents.
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The Disney Marvel Studio's flick is being hailed for its cultural significance inside the US and in Nigeria, home to Africa's biggest film industry known as Nollywood.>> We're telling our stories, and we're focusing on different tribes that make up Africa. That's just great to be happening at this point in time, that's just amazing.
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>> The filmmakers were very specific about the references they used in relationship to Africa. So they're pulling from the best fashion, the best arts.>> Reuters Nigeria Bureau Chief Alex Akwagyiram.>> Now for the most part, there's been a lot of excitement here in Nigeria about the film.
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When I've spoken to people, what they keep on saying to me is that this is, for the first time in a mainstream Hollywood film, a positive representation of Africa and Africans. So they're excited by the storyline, by the plot, by the idea that is a futuristic twist or a mythical version of Africa.
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And crucially, the Africans are not seen as victims in some way, but they are strong, powerful people, that they're not downtrodden and they're not slaves.>> Disney and Marvel Studios took a gamble given Hollywood's long held belief that movies starring an all black cast don't do well overseas.
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It striked to answer critics of an industry struggling with diversity and reeling from the #OscarsSoWhite controversy, but at the same time relying more on the international audience for ticket sales. But Black Panther's Box Office shattering debut is fueling hope that Hollywood has finally found the right super formula to make blockbuster films that star mostly people of color and international audiences still want to see.