'Black Panther' amazes with $192M box-office haul

Wakanda forever!

Film fans were Marvel-ing over the success of “Black Panther,” the blockbuster superhero flick that raked in an estimated $192 million in U.S. and Canadian theaters over the first three days of Presidents’ Day weekend, breaking box office records and shattering Hollywood myths.

Disney is already projecting a $218.2 million four-day domestic total and $361 million worldwide, blowing past expectations. It’s also the highest-grossing February opening weekend.

Rooted deeply in black culture, the Disney-Marvel movie — starring Chadwick Boseman as a superhero prince of the fictional African nation Wakanda in a battle to regain his country’s throne — was more than a box-office phenomenon.

It was a cultural event.

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'Black Panther' world premiere: Red carpet arrivals
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'Black Panther' world premiere: Red carpet arrivals
HOLLYWOOD, CA - JANUARY 29: Actor Danai Gurira (C) and 'The Dora Milaje' actors at the Los Angeles World Premiere of Marvel Studios' BLACK PANTHER at Dolby Theatre on January 29, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for Disney)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - JANUARY 29: Actress Angela Bassett arrves for the Premiere Of Disney And Marvel's 'Black Panther' held at Dolby Theatre on January 29, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Albert L. Ortega/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - JANUARY 29: Lupita Nyong'o attends the Premiere Of Disney And Marvel's 'Black Panther' - Arrivals on January 29, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by David Crotty/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - JANUARY 29: Lupita Nyong'o attends the Premiere Of Disney And Marvel's 'Black Panther' - Arrivals on January 29, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by David Crotty/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - JANUARY 29: Janelle Monae attends the Premiere Of Disney And Marvel's 'Black Panther' - Arrivals on January 29, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by David Crotty/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - JANUARY 29: Actress Danai Gurira arrives for the premiere of Disney and Marvel's 'Black Panther' held at Dolby Theatre on January 29, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Albert L. Ortega/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - JANUARY 29: Danai Gurira attends the Los Angeles Premiere 'Black Panther' at Dolby Theatre on January 29, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - JANUARY 29: Actor Chadwick Boseman arrives for the premiere of Disney and Marvel's 'Black Panther' held at the Dolby Theatre on January 29, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Albert L. Ortega/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - JANUARY 29: Michael B Jordan attends the Premiere Of Disney And Marvel's 'Black Panther' - Arrivals on January 29, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by David Crotty/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - JANUARY 29: Yara Shahidi attends the Premiere Of Disney And Marvel's 'Black Panther' - Arrivals on January 29, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by David Crotty/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - JANUARY 29: Chloe Bailey and Halle Bailey, wearing Dena Kemp jewelry and LimeCrime lip gloss in Bloodmoon and Eclipse, attend the Premiere Of Disney And Marvel's 'Black Panther.'
HOLLYWOOD, CA - JANUARY 29: Issa Rae attends the premiere of Disney and Marvel's 'Black Panther' on January 28, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by JB Lacroix/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - JANUARY 29: Forest Whitaker attends the premiere of Disney and Marvel's 'Black Panther' on January 28, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by JB Lacroix/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - JANUARY 29: Mellody Hobson and George Lucas attend the premiere of Disney and Marvel's 'Black Panther' on January 28, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by JB Lacroix/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - JANUARY 29: Martin Freeman attends the Premiere Of Disney And Marvel's 'Black Panther' - Arrivals on January 29, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by David Crotty/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - JANUARY 29: Meagan Good attends the Los Angeles Premiere 'Black Panther' at Dolby Theatre on January 29, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - JANUARY 29: Actor Daniel Kaluuya arrves for the Premiere Of Disney And Marvel's 'Black Panther' held at Dolby Theatre on January 29, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Albert L. Ortega/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - JANUARY 29: David Hasselhoff and Hayley Roberts attend the Premiere Of Disney And Marvel's 'Black Panther' - Arrivals on January 29, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by David Crotty/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - JANUARY 29: Ryan Michelle Bathe, Sterling K. Brown and son Andrew Brown attend the Premiere Of Disney And Marvel's 'Black Panther' - Arrivals on January 29, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by David Crotty/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - JANUARY 29: Nathan Anderson and Anthony Anderson attend the Premiere Of Disney And Marvel's 'Black Panther' - Arrivals on January 29, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by David Crotty/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - JANUARY 29: Amber Riley attends the Premiere Of Disney And Marvel's 'Black Panther' - Arrivals on January 29, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by David Crotty/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - JANUARY 29: Tessa Thompson attends the Premiere Of Disney And Marvel's 'Black Panther' - Arrivals on January 29, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by David Crotty/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - JANUARY 29: Nabiyah Be attends the Premiere Of Disney And Marvel's 'Black Panther' - Arrivals on January 29, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by David Crotty/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - JANUARY 29: Miles Brown attends the Premiere Of Disney And Marvel's 'Black Panther' - Arrivals on January 29, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by David Crotty/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - JANUARY 29: Marija Abney attends the Premiere Of Disney And Marvel's 'Black Panther' - Arrivals on January 29, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by David Crotty/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - JANUARY 29: Aisha Dee attends the Premiere Of Disney And Marvel's 'Black Panther' - Arrivals on January 29, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by David Crotty/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - JANUARY 29: Allegra Acosta attends the Premiere Of Disney And Marvel's 'Black Panther' - Arrivals on January 29, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by David Crotty/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - JANUARY 29: Jessica Oyelowo and David Oyelowo attend the Premiere Of Disney And Marvel's 'Black Panther' - Arrivals on January 29, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by David Crotty/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - JANUARY 29: Angel Parker attends the Premiere Of Disney And Marvel's 'Black Panther' - Arrivals on January 29, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by David Crotty/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - JANUARY 29: Taran Killam and Cobie Smulders attend the Premiere Of Disney And Marvel's 'Black Panther' - Arrivals on January 29, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by David Crotty/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - JANUARY 29: Kayla Maisonet attends the Premiere Of Disney And Marvel's 'Black Panther' - Arrivals on January 29, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by David Crotty/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - JANUARY 29: Ty Simpkins attends the Premiere Of Disney And Marvel's 'Black Panther' - Arrivals on January 29, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by David Crotty/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - JANUARY 29: Shaunette Renee Wilson attends the Premiere Of Disney And Marvel's 'Black Panther' - Arrivals on January 29, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by David Crotty/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - JANUARY 29: Kylee Russell attends the Premiere Of Disney And Marvel's 'Black Panther' - Arrivals on January 29, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by David Crotty/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - JANUARY 29: Seth Carr attends the Premiere Of Disney And Marvel's 'Black Panther' - Arrivals on January 29, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by David Crotty/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - JANUARY 29: Pom Klementieff attends the Premiere Of Disney And Marvel's 'Black Panther' - Arrivals on January 29, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by David Crotty/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - JANUARY 29: Meg Donnelly attends the Premiere Of Disney And Marvel's 'Black Panther' - Arrivals on January 29, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by David Crotty/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - JANUARY 29: Chloe Bennet attends the Premiere Of Disney And Marvel's 'Black Panther' - Arrivals on January 29, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by David Crotty/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - JANUARY 29: Storm Reid attends the Premiere Of Disney And Marvel's 'Black Panther' - Arrivals on January 29, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by David Crotty/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - JANUARY 29: Sean Gunn and Natasha Halevi attend the Premiere Of Disney And Marvel's 'Black Panther' - Arrivals on January 29, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by David Crotty/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - JANUARY 29: Florence Kasumba attends the Premiere Of Disney And Marvel's 'Black Panther' - Arrivals on January 29, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by David Crotty/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - JANUARY 29: Olivia Holt attends the Premiere Of Disney And Marvel's 'Black Panther' - Arrivals on January 29, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by David Crotty/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - JANUARY 29: Natalia Cordova-Buckley attends the Premiere Of Disney And Marvel's 'Black Panther' - Arrivals on January 29, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by David Crotty/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - JANUARY 29: Marsai Martin attends the Premiere Of Disney And Marvel's 'Black Panther' - Arrivals on January 29, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by David Crotty/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - JANUARY 29: Tanika Ray attends the Premiere Of Disney And Marvel's 'Black Panther' - Arrivals on January 29, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by David Crotty/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - JANUARY 29: DeVon Franklin and Meagan Good attend the Premiere Of Disney And Marvel's 'Black Panther' - Arrivals on January 29, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by David Crotty/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - JANUARY 29: Allison Holker attends the Los Angeles Premiere 'Black Panther' at Dolby Theatre on January 29, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - JANUARY 29: J. August Richards attends the Los Angeles Premiere 'Black Panther' at Dolby Theatre on January 29, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - JANUARY 29: Garcelle Beauvais attends the premiere of Disney and Marvel's 'Black Panther' on January 28, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by JB Lacroix/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - JANUARY 29: Cobie Smulders attends the Premiere Of Disney And Marvel's 'Black Panther' - Arrivals on January 29, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by David Crotty/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
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“Black Panther” walked away with the fifth-best opening weekend ever.

“Inclusion and representation matters,” said Dave Hollis, Disney’s distribution chief.

“We know that great stories can come from anywhere, and our goal is to make films that reflect the wonderful diversity of our world and resonate with audiences everywhere — no matter who they are, no matter where they come from.”

And it wasn’t just black people flocking to see the movie. An audience survey by comScore/Screen Engine’s PostTrak found that moviegoers were 37% African-American, 35% white, 18% Hispanic, 5% Asian and 5% other ethnicities.

“Black Panther” clawed away at its closest competition, the live-action “Peter Rabbit,” which finished a distant second with $17.3 million in its secondweek.

It was this time a year ago that comedian-turned-director Jordan Peele’s “Get Out” was receiving critical acclaim for its use of a horror movie backdrop to explore racial tensions.

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