'Black Panther' Reaching The Top

"'Black Panther' exceeded even the grandest box office expectations while simultaneously breaking down cinematic barriers and marking a turning point in the evolution of the genre", he said.

Black Panther is now in theaters from Marvel Studios, which is owned by Disney, parent company of ABC News. If one considers a three-day opening collection, Black Panther is the fifth-largest opener of all time.

The Walt Disney Co. estimated Saturday that the Marvel Comics superhero movie earned $75.8 million domestically for its opening Friday, making it the eighth biggest day in industry history.

Other South African actors joining the worldwide cast are Atandwa Kani (John Kani's son) who takes on the role of a younger T'Chaka in flashbacks throughout the film as well as Connie Chiume.

The film took $25.3m (£18m) in Korean cinemas during its opening week - more than anywhere outside the US. The haul includes a whopping $192 million Stateside and a further $24.8 million in the United Kingdom where it opened slightly earlier last Tuesday. Marvel's superhero film was already garnering a good buzz at the box office.

"We have this bold, sophisticated hero stepping into the spotlight for the first time, and it's been a blast to work with the Lexus team to build out a story that'll familiarise fans with T'Challa as well as his advanced home nation of Wakanda".

"Y'all know where to find me when you wanna get cracking on that Black Panther video game..."

Through to Sunday, Black Panther took in $24.8m in the UK/Ireland, and $9.6m in Mexico.

That number means that "Black Panther", starring Chadwick Boseman and directed by Ryan Coogler, has doubled its original tracking in less than a month.

Black Panther: The Album has debuted at #1 on the Billboard album chart, with 154,000 units sold. Lupita Nyong'o posted a video of her and co-star Letitia Wright posted up in the backseat of a auto laying down a freestyle on a beat.

Vanessa Coleman