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Black Panther is selling out theaters across the country and closing in on $500 million globally.

Black Panther debuted to a record-breaking $242.2 million over the President’s Day weekend, which included over $25.2 million accounting for it first night alone. Now, industry experts are projecting that the latest Marvel masterpiece will claw its way to the top of the boxoffice charts for the second weekend in a row.

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Projections for the coming weekend are close to $100 million, which is sure to outdo its rivals. The Ryan Coogler blockbuster is set to go up against Game Night, Annihilation, and Every Day. 

It’s quite clear that King T’Challa will not be abdicating the boxoffice throne anytime soon. 

Breaking records

Black Panther has been racking up records even before it debuted. On Fandango, the ticket-selling website, the movie was the fastest-selling first-quarter film for pre-sales.

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It also broke a record on the popular film review site Rotten Tomatoes, where the film debuted to a perfect 100 percent fresh score. That makes it the highest debut for a Marvel superhero film to date, according to the Daily Dot. With a current 98 percent “want to watch” rating score as well, the movie is riding high at the box-office.

Stars take the #BlackPantherChallenge

In addition to breaking records, Black Panther is inspiring many celebrities to share the story.

The #BlackPantherChallenge, in which people step forward to help underserved communities and children, started with Frederick Joseph, who launched a GoFundMe campaign to help Harlem kids see the film for free. The campaign eventually exceeded its $10,000 goal within three days.

“I want these children to be able to see that people who look like them can be superheroes, royalty, and more,” said Joseph. “All proceeds will go to paying for the private screening tickets for children and chaperones, as well as refreshments. The release of the film is February 16th, 2018, and the screenings will take place the following week between February 19th and 22nd.”

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Since then, other stars, from Octavia Spencer and Serena Williams to Kendrick Lamarand T.I. have come forward to take the challenge in their own ways.

From the tweets to the streets, this cast has got Hollywood on lock. Wakanda Forever!