Black Panther continues to make history. The Ryan Coogler film has been crowned the top-grossing superhero film in North America.
On a global level, the film has raked in a whopping $1.28 billion in ticket sales, surpassing Iron Man 3 ($1.214 billion) to rank as the third superhero title of all time at the worldwide box office behind Avengers ($1.518 billion) and Avengers: Age of Ultron ($1.405 billion). In addition, Black Panther is the 12th biggest money-making film ever. However, the film has also made history in an unlikely place.
Due to a religious ban, movie theaters have been banned in Saudi Arabia since the early 1980s. Black Panther will be the first film shown in a theater in Saudi Arabia in over 35 years when it debuts on April 18.
According to Variety, “Removal of the ban, announced last December, is part of a drive by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to transform Saudi society. Black Panther will inaugurate the new Saudi era in a luxurious cinema in a building originally intended to be a symphony concert hall. The facility, in Riyadh’s King Abdullah Financial District, has more than 600 leather seats, on orchestra and balcony levels, and marble bathrooms.”
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