Black Panther is now the highest grossing film in South African history
23 March 2018
Marvel Studios’ Black Panther broke yet another record at the box-office as it became the highest grossing film of all time in South Africa.
Since its release on 16 February, the blockbuster clocked an impressive R77.6 million, this after recording the highest ever returns for a February opening weekend in the country as well as becoming the top-grossing super hero film of all time.
“We are thrilled at the response Black Panther has received from fans across the continent as this next chapter in the Marvel Cinematic Universe plays out with a distinctly proud African story,” said Christine Service, the senior vice president of The Walt Disney Company Africa.
“To everyone who celebrated the release by watching, dressing up, singing in the cinemas and enjoying the film across social media, a very big thank you from all of us at Disney and Marvel Studios.”
The film is director, Ryan Coogler’s first big-budget feature and stars Chadwick Boseman in the title role, alongside Oscar winner, Lupita Nyong’o and veteran actress, Angela Bassett.
Set in the fictional African kingdom of Wakanda, it also features several stars from the continent in father and son duo, Atandwa and John Kani, who play a younger and older King T’Chaka respectively. They star alongside Zimbabwean-born, Danai Guirira, experienced SA actress, Connie Chiume and Daniel Kaluuya from Uganda.
To add to the African influence, the language of Wakanda is isiXhosa, with the older Kani the man to thank for that.
This has played a part in how popular the film proved to be across the continent as it also broke box office records in both East and West Africa.
In East Africa, it raked it over R12 Million, while it has pulled in just over R21 million in West Africa.