COLLEGE PARK, Maryland — “Let’s go!” Shuri, the tech-genius sister of King T’Challa, yells in the trailer for “Black Panther,” and domestic movie-goers listened.
“Black Panther” made $242 million over the four-day weekend — the largest President’s Day weekend opening, the largest February opening and the largest winter season opening — Box Office Mojo reported.
“Black Panther” is being praised for its diversity, depiction of women and portrayal of African cultures.
Maryland celebrities tweeted their thoughts about “Black Panther.”
Jada Pinkett Smith, who was born in Baltimore and attended the Baltimore School for the Arts, showed her admiration for the film.
Black Panther felt soooooo good!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
— Jada Pinkett Smith (@jadapsmith) February 17, 2018
Taraji P. Henson, a graduate of Oxon Hill High School and Howard University, urged others to see the film.
— Taraji P. Henson (@TherealTaraji) February 19, 2018
Martin Lawrence, who attended high schools in Landover and Ft. Washington, used an emoji to describe his feelings.
— Martin Lawrence (@realmartymar) January 30, 2018
Baltimore-born Tracie Thoms also appears to be a fan.
— Tracie Thoms (@traciethoms) February 17, 2018
Thor, Hulk and Star Lord’s alter egos supported their fellow superhero on Twitter.
— Chris Hemsworth (@chrishemsworth) February 21, 2018
— Mark Ruffalo (@MarkRuffalo) February 17, 2018
THE HYPE IS REAL!! Woke up thinking about #BlackPanther It’s like a Bond movie meets Shakespearean tragedy. Great action. Stunning visuals. Exceptional performances all around. Thought provoking AND Funny! @chadwickboseman @letitiawright @michaelb4jordan @DanaiGurira 👏🏻
— chris pratt (@prattprattpratt) February 19, 2018
Marylanders were very excited for “Black Panther’s” opening weekend.
#BLACKPANTHER BEST MOVIE OF 2018 AND MY TOP 3 MARVEL MOVIES HANDS DOWN.. GREAT MOVIE AND AWESOME CAST FROM TOP TO BOTTOM🔥🔥🔥🔥#WakandaForever #Marvel #BALTIMORE #MARYLAND #DMV #1 pic.twitter.com/6ACOqYOViv
— Macloving (@Michael22450988) February 16, 2018
#BlackPanther sold out on all of it’s time slots at Maryland mall, Lagos yesterday. The management had to create two extra slots 9:55pm and 10:05pm. They sold out as well. 😁😁
— Lamz (@BCountessa) February 17, 2018
I’m originally from Maryland. Comics are universal and the characters belong to us all. #BlackPanther is a big deal. It’s a turning point in superhero films. We should all be celebrating. Wear that hoodie, man!
— Sherry Lucich (@Comixgrrl) February 16, 2018
Variety announced on Tuesday that “Black Panther” beat out “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” for the second highest four-day domestic opening of all time. Not only a success at the box office, but a success for those who suggest movies need more diversity on and behind the screen.
“Black Panther” earned $25.2 million on its preview night – the second biggest Thursday preview for a Marvel movie – and it’s showing no signs of slowing down as fans packed theaters across the country and in Maryland on Friday. https://t.co/r2HizUDMMX
— WJZ | CBS Baltimore (@cbsbaltimore) February 17, 2018