Jamaica News, April 13, 2018 – Black Panther Breaks Box Office Records in Montego Bay and Grosses Over $1 Billion In Revenues
It’s been almost two months since the Black Panther movie premiered at the Palace Multiplex Cinema in Montego Bay. The first-ever All Black Marvel movie has silenced all its critic as it continues to dominate in theaters all over the world, sending the black community into a frenzy. Black Panther broke records in Montego Bay as one of the longest-running movies to be shown at the Bogue Multiplex Cinema and at last reports, has grossed over $1 Billion dollars in revenue and according to Forbes Magazine, it is now the 34 highest grossing movie ever.
Produced by Marvel Studios and distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures, it is the eighteenth film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) and was directed by Ryan Coogler. Hollywood, in general, didn’t expect much from the movie as Black Panther was once considered an unknown C class comic book character, that would only pull in dismal numbers comparing to the other franchise Marvel movies series such as Thor, The Avengers, or Ant-Man, but boy were they all wrong!
On February 15th, 2018, Black Panther opened in Montego Bay with a well-organized Grand Opening Premier produced by Montego Bays’ business and networking organization, Corporate U supported by various media houses and journalist.
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The Premier was held in a well-branded tent at the Palace Multiplex parking lot, so as you walked into the plaza it was obvious that something magical was unfolding as persons could be seen in groups dressed in bright, glorious African styles clothing including headdresses and dashiki. The elegantly decorated tent featured music, food, and drink, and of course a red carpet that leads into the cinema. Patrons were encouraged to have their pictures taken with models made-up to represent African warriors as the DJ kept the energy alive with afro-beats and African inspired music, while the Host for the evening, actor/comedian Marlon “Adubbs” Brown, brought laughter to the live performance segment that also featured a local dance group, a poet, giveaways and unforgettable masterful drumming that was perfect for the mood of the occasion.
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As the time came closer to the main event, a massive exodus from the tent started lead by both the drummers and dancers, it was like a river of colors as patrons flooded the lobby and made their way to their respected auditorium, 1 or 2 which were both sold out days before the event. Heads were held high, full of pride, anticipation and bright smiles reminding us that Montego Bay, despite the state of emergency, is indeed still the Friendly City.
Many times we see a movie that has a tremendous amount of hype surrounding it but does not live up to the expectation, this was not the case with Black Panther, as it continues to smash records and has changed the way Hollywood sees and treats Black movies and talent.
When it’s all said and done, this was a great movie and deserve all the success it’s continuing to receive, as people all over the world have found something resounding in this project as the African diaspora celebrates see themselves depicted on the big screen in a positive light for the first time ever – “Wakanda Forever”.